NASS clerk urges Nigerians to collaborate with security agencies to tackle insecurity
Mr Amos Ojo, the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), has called on Nigerians to support security agencies to tackle the security challenges across the country.
The CNA gave the charge in Abuja on Monday, while delivering the opening remarks at a two-day retreat on National Security Legislative Reform for Senate Committee members, organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS).
Ojo expressed concern over the escalation of security challenges through social media, adding that there was a need to put relevant legislation in place that would strengthen the country’s security architecture.
He said that social media was having a field day, feasting on such conflicts, especially inter-agency rivalries witnessed among security personnel, arising from the circulation of texts, pictures, and videos.
The CNA said that it was the duty of citizens to support security agencies and not to escalate situations through social media.
He said such counter-productive challenges needed the citizenry’s continuous attention or they may worsen.
Ojo added that deliberate efforts and resources were required to amend all existing incongruous legislations and make provisions that would eliminate counter-productivity and ensure inter-agency collaboration.
The retreat was organized in furtherance of activities undertaken to address issues relating to the overlapping mandates of security agencies in the country.
Ojo said, “The consequences of inter-agency rivalry have far-reaching implications on national security and exacerbate the already existing security challenges confronting the country.
“The findings of KAS showed more light on intricacies associated with some laws guiding the operations of security agencies, which include an overlap of functions, unclear delineation of functions.”
Others according to him, are conflicting descriptions of conditions and guidelines for collaboration between security agencies.
The report gathered that a study conducted by KAS in 2020, revealed that the duplication of duties and lack of proper coordination often lead to inter-agency rivalry among security agencies.