Olowu of Kuta, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, and coalition of civil societies organizations have advocated for synergy among the security agencies in order to defeat the Boko Haram and other criminalities bedeviling the country.
The Monarch, who address the journalists after an interface with the coalition of civil society organization in Lagos on Monday in commemoration with the Nigerian Army’s Day Celebration, themed: “Understanding The Nigerian Security Architecture, Nigerian Army’s Perspective.
Olowu said there is need for synergy and intelligence sharing among the security agencies in order to always nip in the bud any form of crisis that will result to national upheaval.
Reading the 10 points communique after the meeting, the monarch maintains that there’s always need for confidence building between the army and the civil populace in order to flush out miscreants and other undesirable elements from our community.
He, however, stressed the need for effective and efficient communications by the army hierarchy.
Olowu explained that the civil society and army relationship should be strengthened, adding that there is need for the group and Nigerian Army to work together for perception management.
According to traditional ruler and civil societies, “We wish the Nigeria Army a successful army day celebration and congratulate the chief of Army staff LT General Tukur Yusuf Buratai on the milestone Achievements so far.
“Effective and efficient communication , propaganda should be believable and credible when deployed. Confidence building/community relations among the populace so that the civil populace will see the Army as partner in progress and not the ‘aggressor/oppressor’ and an army of occupation.
“Regular interface with the CSOs. Increased budgeting. Recruitment system should be more open and transparent. It must be on merit as opposed to quota system. Engaging the CSOs for perception management. There should be synergy among the security agencies. Discipline/ Ethics should be adhered strictly to in order to serve as a deterrent to bad eggs or fifth columnist.
The civil societies that attended the meeting included CADV, GDI, Good Governance, CHSR, Comm Women Initiative, Campaign Against Impunity, Media Law Centre and M & B Initiatives.