- The international community has lent its advice to the Nigerian government in the face of worsening insecurity
- The EU on Thursday, April 29, called on the government to look into other methods of addressing the pressing issue
- Ambassador Ketil Karlsen explained that dialogue is a vital tool the presidency should not ignore as it considers ways to end insurgency
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The President Buhari-led federal government has been given a key strategy that will be an effective weapon in the war against banditry and terrorism.
According to the European Union (EU), the government should look beyond using the military as the major source of strength and attack to neutralise armed criminals in many parts of the country, especially in the north, Guardian reports.
Speaking on this in Abuja, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, the head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), advised the Nigerian leadership to explore dialogue and legal instruments in dealing with insurgents.
Karlsen restated the EU's unrelenting promise and efforts to decisively address Nigeria's security challenges.
To prove this, he noted that the union has been working with Nigerian authorities to stamp out the menace.
“We are supporting government’s efforts to fight terrorism, radicalisation, and violent extremism as well as the reform of the criminal justice system.”
This Day quoted the ambassador to have added:
“Since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, the EU has supported its democratic process with over €100 million. The EU has consistently deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) in each of the general elections. EU’s support aims to strengthen key democratic institutions including INEC, the National Assembly, the civil society and the media.”
Meanwhile, Senator Clifford Ordia of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had called on the federal government to overhaul Nigeria's security architecture, warning that no one was safe anymore in the country.
Ordia said this after an armed gang attacked his convoy while he was returning from Edo to Abuja on Monday, April 26.
The federal lawmaker representing Edo state central told journalists on Wednesday, April 28, that the gunmen opened fire on his convoy along the Okene-Lokoja road in Kogi, injuring three of his security aides.