Notable elder statesmen have called on the Federal Government to come up with fresh security strategies that can cope with the prevailing insecurity in the country.
The elders specifically asked the government to “evolve a new security architecture that can respond promptly and effectively” in line with the security challenges of the 21st century.
The elders statesmen include Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative in the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Uwais; and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe.
This position and other issues were contained in a communique by the elders, obtained yesterday after a two-day conference in Abuja with a theme, ‘Security and governance challenges in Africa’s largest democracy’, organised by the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, under its Nigeria Beyond 2015 Project.
They also underscored the need for the incoming government of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to reduce the size of governance by collapsing appropriate Ministries, Departments and Agencies and other institutions of government.
While expressing dissatisfaction with the proliferation of institutions of state with overlapping functions, they called for an urgent need for it to be addressed “with a view to streamlining their functions, and also cutting the cost of governance as well as reducing unnecessary bureaucratic misunderstandings.”
According to them, in the spirit of equity and fairness, the incoming president should not scrap the ongoing Amnesty Programme for Niger Delta ex-militants but should at the same time, grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect to easily and rapidly reconstruct, resettle and rehabilitate the entire North-East, ravaged by insurgency.
The communiqué read in part, “Due attention must be paid to appropriate equipment for the military as well as sustain relevant training levels that can assist in the containment of this tragedy.