The Olowu of Kuta, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, Tegbosin 3, and coalition of civil society organizations have advocated for synergy among the security agencies in Nigeria as a way to foster unity in the fight against the Boko Haram and other criminalities bedeviling the country.
The Olowu, who addressed the media after an interface with the coalition of civil society organizations in Lagos on Monday, in commemoration with the Nigerian Army Day Celebration, said there’s 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-point communique after the meeting, the monarch maintained 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 communities.
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.
Other recommendations made include professionalism in the army, increased budgetary allocation, while it was suggested that discipline and ethics should be strictly adhered to in order to serve as deterrent to ‘bad eggs’ and fifth columnists among the army and making recruitment processes open and transparent in order to attract the best that the country can offer from time to time, amongst other suggestions.
The monarch then wished the Nigeria Army a successful army day celebration and congratulated the chief of Army Staff, LT General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, on the milestone achievements recorded under his leadership so far.
The parley was attended by Mr Richard Akinnola of Richard Akinnola of Media Law Center; Shina Loremikan of Campaign Against Impunity; Gbenga Soloki of CADV; Rasaq Oladosu of GDI; Declan Ilekaire of GDI; Alex Tehinse of Good Governance; Funmi Ajayi of CHSR; Nike Ajayi of Comm Women Initiative,and Moyo Loremikan of M & B.