NILDS DG, Prof. Sulaiman Seeks Review of Security Laws

  • Tuesday October 27, 2020 13:36 PM
  • NILS Press Corps

The Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman has called for holistic review of Security laws across the country.

The Prof. of political science and international relations made this known
during his remarks at a workshop on enhancing the role of parliamentary committees in fostering interagency collaboration yesterday in Abuja.

The workshop was organised by NILDS and Konrad Adenauer Foundation for security and defence based committees of the House of Representatives.

He described the synergy between all security actors, both government and nongovernmental organisation as essential and explained that the legislature has a fundamental role to play in the review.

The DG said there is need to undertake a holistic review of security laws, many of which are obsolete, retaining an obvious colonial and dictatorial character.

"I am of the firm belief that our security based institutions, particularly, the law enforcement agencies, need to be updated and reformed to increase their efficiency. This cannot be done haphazardly but must be undertaken through careful and thorough examination of our national security laws in the harsh light of current challenges including rising crime, violence extremism, insurgency and only more recently, growing clamour by citizens for greater accountability by our security agencies and respect for human rights".

"In Nigeria, the call for greater interagency collaboration has heightened largely due to the rise in insecurity and violent conflicts and the challenge facing the various security agencies to work together to confront these emerging challenges".

"It has been observed that when the security organisational structure is archaic, vertical and stovepipe, it is unable to achieve unity of effort". He stated.

The DG urged that the proposed legislative review, must be undertaken jointly between the National Assembly and all stakeholders in a transparent and open manner that puts national interest first, rather than individual benefits.

He further appealed that the process must also involve civil society organizations who are critical to the oversight of security agencies.