As part of its efforts in enhancing the Rehabilitation and Reintegration (R&R) of repentant Boko Haram members into the Nigerian society, WANEP-Nigeria has listed recommendations for the federal government to adhere to.
The recommendations were as a result of WANEP-Nigeria's meetings with various stakeholders on how to effectively coordinate R&R strategies, especially at the local level.
WANEP-Nigeria is the facilitator of the programme in collaboration with Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
The stakeholders includes the Nigeria Police Force, local government, traditional, religious, women and youth leaders.
WANEP- Nigeria had successfully analysed how different actors possess and gain legitimacy in the context of R&R service delivery and explores how cooperation among community actors and government institutions can be optimised for R&R service delivery.
Below are the recommendations to the government:
1. The government should ensure all ratified international and regional legal instruments (regarding CVE-Countering Violence Extremism) are incorporated in any R&R framework
2. The government should work with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the development and implementation of national R&R frameworks.
3. In order to maintain the trust of communities, it is paramount that NGOs/CSOs are autonomous entities acting within a government-devised framework.
4. It is necessary that local governments, the police, and comunity authorities all commit to a high-level transparency if R&R frameworks are to be sustainable for the long-term.
5. Stakeholders should emphasise preventative rather than reactive measures for example, by training traditional and religious leaders to become ''agents of change,'' or by empowering youth to be economically independent.
6. Social work partners should be empowered and supported in their provision of psycho-social support
7. Stakeholders should take responsibility for ensuring that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions. This should be done through strengthening of judicial and legal processes.
8. The interventions on CVE should not be discriminatory as current practices seems to reward violence.
Generally, the meetings agreed that citizens do not have enough opportunity to contribute to R&R frameworks and secondly, R&R programme must address the needs of both perpetrator and victim.
Also, the participants stated that legitimacy is always, at least in part derived from association to the government.
WANEP-Nigeria had earlier called for the strengthening of community policing and inter-agency collaboration to tackle the surge in armed banditry across states in the north-west region of Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement by the national coordinator, WANEP-Nigeria, Mrs. Bridget Osakwe, made available to Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 21.
WANEP-Nigeria while condemning the attacks, called on the federal government to intensify inter-agency collaboration to enhance synergy between security agencies in Nigeria.
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