From Winifred Bosa, Lagos
THE Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has bemoaned the seeming slow and inefficient response of the government to security issues of the country.
CISLAC observed that this attitude has led to misguided perceptions, and escalation of such conflicts.
Disclosing this in a press release signed by the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency activate machinery for engaging the state governments and other relevant actors with the mandate of preferring and implementing plausible and proven long lasting solutions to the problem.
They emphasised that there is need for government to be more alert and sensitive in addressing not just the current threats and violence in Benue State, but across the entire country.
The group further condemned the recent herders-farmers conflicts currently ongoing in certain parts of the country and called on federal government to as a matter of urgency bring to justice all those involved in the Benue massacre .
“We call on the federal government to not just caution, but also be neutral, unbiased and impartial in dealing with opinion leaders, religious leaders, other leaders of thought and the media at both federal and community levels, ensuring that provocative and inciting statements and comments which are mainly used in stirring violence and reprisals are at the initial instance nipped at their very roots.”
They also pointed out that the onus of securing lives and property remains the primary responsibility of government CISLAC noted that government should ensure that the state security apparatus are at the order of the Commander-In-Chief, and that the Agencies must be proactively engaged in forestalling any breakdown of law and order across the country.