January 28, 2023



Robust civil-military relations key to addressing insecurity – NHRC boss

The Government Secretary of the Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC), Chief Tony Ojukwu SAN, has tasked the army to do extra in enhancing Civil-Navy Relations (CMR), saying “this may yield higher end in addressing the current safety challenges confronting the nation.”

Ojukwu said this throughout a two-day coaching programme organised by the NHRC in Collaboration with United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for Safety Personnel in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Whereas addressing journalists on the occasion, the Government Secretary who was represented by the Director, Division of Ladies and Kids Mr. Harry Obe, stated data could be very key to the success of any army operation anyplace on the planet, including that superior data wanted for immediate army operations can principally be supplied by the civilian inhabitants.

Talking additional, he stated the civilian inhabitants must be made to really feel secure and safe to supply dependable data; this based on him might be achieved by stronger Civil-Navy Relations which is vital on this essential interval.

“We’re in an uneven conflict the place the insurgents who can’t be simply recognized by simply anybody, freely combine up with the folks to perpetrate their dastardly act” Ojukwu lamented. He added that “Individuals are not free to go about their regular companies, there may be a lot concern within the minds of the folks, young and old, wealthy and poor, the safety state of affairs is aware of no bounds”.

The NHRC helmsman additional said that if safety is everyone’s enterprise, it means the army can not present safety alone with out the help of civilians, thus neighborhood base intelligence gathering turns into very crucial.

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“There ought to due to this fact be concerted efforts by members of each neighborhood to fish out the alien amongst them, and the Navy then again ought to give them the encouragement and confidence to supply all obligatory data wanted for his or her operations.

“We should all put heads collectively to take steps to be forward of the terrorist and bandits,” Ojukwu stated. “Nigeria has been experiencing the menace of terrorism and insurgency, we should all make efforts to alter the narrative” he additional suggested.

He used the medium to commend the Nigerian army for improved compliance with human rights norms throughout Counter Insurgency Operations in current occasions.

“We’ve recorded considerable enchancment by the Navy and different regulation enforcement businesses within the safety of civilians throughout conflicts” he disclosed, including that “the folks prosecuting the conflict are conscious that the residents have the rights to be protected and they’re additionally aware of the tasks to discharge their mandates consistent with human rights requirements’’.

Ojukwu stated that the periodic coaching which began in 2015 had vastly helped cut back the casualty degree in conflicts in addition to the humanitarian penalties of inner displacement.

In his remarks, Head of UNHCR Sub Workplace in Borno Mr. Mohammed Ifran, who was represented by the Safety Officer Mohammed Ali, acknowledged the function of the army in defending the inhabitants of concern. He stated the successes recorded within the fights in opposition to insurgency within the North East wouldn’t have been achieved with out the gallant efforts of officers and males of the Nigerian Navy.

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He urged individuals to step down the coaching to their colleagues after they return to their varied places of work.