The Centre for Peace Studies, Danfodiyo University, Sokoto has canvassed for the setting up of a Northwest Security outfit to tackle insecurity in the region.
This position is contained in a communique at the end of an international symposium via Zoom on Thursday, 9th November 2023.
The communique signed by Abubakar Sokoto Mohammed, mni, Chairman and Professor M. T. Usman
The director said inter alia: “State Governments in the northwest region should as a matter of urgency set up a regional security outfit to compliment the efforts of the conventional security agencies in combatting the menace of insecurity.
The one-day International Symposium on “Pathways to Enhanced Security and Conflict Resolution – Northwestern Nigeria and the Middle East in Perspective,” was organized under the Chairmanship of Abubakar Sokoto Mohammed, mni.
Speakers at the symposium included Dr Murtala Ahmed Rufa’i who addressed: “Assessing the Role of Community Based Security Outfits/Initiatives/Institutions in Conflict Resolution and Promoting Security in Northwestern Nigeria”; Brigadier General (Rtd) Sani Usman Kukasheka mni: “The Imperative of Innovative Strategies for Mitigating Conflict and Security Challenges in Northwestern Nigeria”; Professor Sunday Ocheche: “Exploring New Diplomatic Options Towards Conflict Resolution in the Middle East” and Professor Isah Muhammad Maishanu: “Historical Dynamics of Israel–Palestine Conflict: The Way Forward.”
The communique further said, “Based on the presentations and contributions by other participants, the following observations were made:
” That the emergence of the community-based security outfits is a result of the failure of the state to make adequate security provisioning.
“The insecurity challenges in the northwest region of Nigeria are associated with the prevailing abject poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, bad governance, and inadequate provision of social and economic infrastructures by governments.
“The major cause of the conflict in the Middle East region revolves around issues relating to land and nationhood which had become a complex matter since the immigration of the Jews and subsequent creation of Israel.
“The Middle East conflict for the past seventy years had led to horrendous bloodshed, destruction of properties and displacement of populations, social and economic injustices which largely affect ordinary civilians.
“The Palestinian Question has defied amicable solution within the framework of the United Nations Resolutions and International law because of the insincerity, bias, and other forms of prejudices exhibited by some of the major actors in the region and outside.
Significantly, the symposium recommended, “That the composition and operational activities of community-based security outfits should be all inclusive devoid of ethnic and other types of socio-cultural differences.
“That the policymakers at all levels of government in Nigeria should urgently address the issues of poverty, unemployment, injustice, and lack of infrastructures as a means of tackling insecurity in the economic deprivation and other issues of bad governance in the northwest region.
“State Governments in the northwest region should as a matter of urgency set up a regional security outfit to compliment the efforts of the conventional security agencies in combatting the menace of insecurity.
“That Peace resolution agreements based on the two-state solution should be implemented under the supervision of the United Nations without further delays.
“There is the imperative for sincere international mediation and negotiation in resolving other outstanding contentious issues in the Middle East conflict.”
In conclusion, “the symposium is recognized as another successful academic activity, hence the Centre for Peace Studies is hereby encouraged to maintain the tempo in organizing more activities of this nature as contributions towards peacebuilding and conflict resolution nationally and internationally,” the communique said.