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Atiku Abubakar

Talent and creativity are Nigerias greatest asset, the youths
hopes and aspirations will shape our nations future.

Nigeria is no failed state, but it is evidently in crisis.

Inequality, ethno-religious frictions, and disputes over land and resources have eroded social cohesion, undermining democratic consolidation and threatening national unity and security. Today, Nigerians have to endure terrorist attacks in the North, militancy in the Delta, communal violence in the Middle Belt, cult wars in the South, and kidnappings, armed robberies, and common acts of thuggery throughout the country. Most are left to fend for themselves.

Those who turn to the police, the army or any other state security agencies usually have the means and personal connections to buy help and protection. Those who don’t simply move on, resigned. The bitter ones may form vigilante groups, others join mobs that dispense jungle justice on suspects and scapegoats alike.

 

Too many believe they have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, and the most alienated are easy prey for terrorists, militants, and thugs.

We will embark on programmes and initiatives that will promote national unity and cohesion, guaranty social justice and security, and restore mutual trust between government institutions and the citizens

The Voice We Deserve

Within the first 100 days:

Within 1 Year

  • The NSC (National Security Council) will instruct and adequately fund the NPF to recruit, train, and equip enough personnel to:
  1. Establish and permanently operate local police posts, even in remote areas
  2. Train and deploy foot patrols in crowded urban areas, and slow patrols in rural areas
  3. Train, accredit, monitor, and disband (if needed) Neighbourhood Watches and Self Defence Forces in crisis areas
  4. Improve access to security service
  • The Presidency through the NSC (National Security

Council) will ensure increased police and army posts:

  1. Are established and permanently manned – particularly in crowded urban and remote rural areas are open to (and welcome) the public with the necessary safety protocols
  2. Have published emergency telephone numbers that can be dialed free of charge
  3. Have robust first response protocols and clear guidelines and rules of engagement for the conduct of different types of security operations
  4. Engage in community activities and demonstrate that they are there to serve and protect

Within 2 Years

  • The Presidency through the Ministry of Defence will instruct the military command to:
  1. Minimize the use of troops in civilian matters, such as in elections
  2. Train soldiers to deal with special situations such as disaster and emergencies
  3. Ensure that military personnel do not view their uniform as an excuse to ignore civilian rules and regulations
  4. Encourage barrack commanders to engage in community activities (sports competitions etc)
  5. Improve police-community relations
  • The Presidency through the Ministry of Police Affairs (MPA) will instruct the IGP and State Commissioners to:
  1. Create, train, and equip auxiliary community police units
  2. Encourage officers to move from the barracks into the communities
  3. Create, train and equip Special Units for high profile Private Security Services at a cost to the beneficiary
  4. Open barrack sport etc facilities to the public
  5. Support community engagement activities

Within 4 Years

  • The Presidency through the Boundary Commission will pre-empt and defuse intercommunal conflicts by:
  1. Monitoring and evaluating intelligence about plausible, possible, and probable territorial disputes between LGAs and states
  2. Creating participatory border dispute settlement (mediation, arbitration, and compensation) mechanisms to proactively defuse probable conflicts
  3. Clarify all Local Government authority boundaries

By Year 2020

  • The Presidency will work with the NASS to amend the constitution and all relevant legislation to:
  1. Set clear standards for the conduct of police services
  2. Outline a ‘stage-gated’ devolution track that culminates in the establishment of State Police Services
  3. Clarify the relationship between federal and state police services
  4. Develop robust monitoring and complaints mechanisms to combat misconduct of federal and state services.

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