‘How to win fight against corruption, insecurity’


From Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

 

Nigeria can only succeed in its ongoing efforts to curb corruption, impunity and insecurity in the land if it reviews its approaches, a Law professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Yemi Akinseye-George has said.

Akinseye-George, who is the President of the Abuja-based Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS), said much as the government should continue to apply the force to deal with the security challenges around the country, it should consider a broader approach.

On the fight against corruption, he suggested that the anti-graft agencies should devote greater attention to the prevention of corruption and economic crimes as against the  emphasis on prosecution.

He argued that the recently launched National Ethics Framework (NEF) could only work if the political elite live by example.

 

“In a society where corruption has become endemic and deep-rooted, prosecution of individual cases, no matter how rigorous, has never been known to significantly reduce corruption.

“Under such an atmosphere, the anti-corruption bodies, being ill-funded and poorly-motivated would always be at a disadvantage vis-a-vis high profile defendants who have all the resources to defend themselves, including retaining the services of the best lawyers,” he said.

Akinseye-George suggested that the Federal Government adopts the following elements in tackling the current security challenges. They include:

  • Fresh strategies, including modern technology for managing the land and sea borders
  • Development of the capacity of local communities for self-defence
  • (c) Improved intelligence and early warning systems
  • Adoption of the United Nations (UN) approach to preventing and reducing violent extremism
  • Addressing massive youth unemployment through labour intensive projects and recruitment into the Civil Defence and Police
  • Control of illicit ammunitions.
  • Rebuilding the morale of our police and military.
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