- The only way Nigeria can be secured is through good governance according to security experts
- Also, the security experts call for creative thinking to solve Nigeria's problems
- Going further, the experts also backed the introduction of community policing
Security experts have identified good governance as a panacea to the recurring problems of insecurity in the country.
The experts, in a communique issued at the end of a three-day conference at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, also called for the promotion of critical thinking education as a tool for combating Nigeria’s security challenges.
The conference on ‘State and Security’ was organised by NDA’s Centre for Critical Thinking Teaching and Learning (CCTTL).
It was aimed at creating actionable strategies for tackling the current security challenges facing the country.
The experts also backed the introduction of community policing characterized by service not force.
They also said government should enforce laws to check abuse of the media to disseminate falsehood, malicious and fake news that are destructive and divisive.
The communique was signed by Head of the Centre, Dr Nafisatu Muhammad, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kaduna.
It said critical thinking education as a tool for combating national security, “will instill critical thinking as an attitude of mind and a tool for the practice of development.”
The participants agreed that insecurity is a global concern because of its many human and environmental dimensions that require critical thinking and education in curbing its debilitating effects on people and communities.
The participants recommended massive investment in education, skills acquisition and provision of employment by all levels of governance.
They canvassed for in-depth researches of specific security challenges to identify the root causes and develop actionable solutions that will curb terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes and other organized crimes.
The participants also called for comprehensive profiling of all citizens and immigrants.
The experts said rethinking media application for the sustenance of democracy and national peace should be of paramount importance to practitioners, the state and its people.
They expressed strong optimism that the security challenges in the country would be surmounted if the recommendations of the conference are considered and implemented.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that after much consultation and deliberation, the federal government of Nigeria has finally approved the full implementation of community policing throughout the country.
This was revealed by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu on Friday, March 13, in Abuja.
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