By Kwasu Joseph Alhamdu

Coalition of civil society groups, has advocated for synergy among the
security agencies in order to defeat the Boko Haram and other
criminalities bedeviling the country.

In a communiqué jointly signed at the end of interface between His
Royal Highness, Olowu Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, Tegbosin 3,
and coalition of civil society organizations on 5th July 2020, with
the theme: “Understanding The Nigerian Security Architecture, Nigerian
Army’s Perspective” to celebrate the Nigerian Army Day, yesterday in
Abuja.

Kabiyesi Olowu Kuta said that there is lack of synergy among the
security agencies.

According to the coalition, “There should be conscious efforts towards
rebranding the army, Improved professionalism, that is, the army must
be allowed to face its primary assignment of defending the territorial
integrity of the country squarely.

“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.

“Recruitment system should be more transparent and on merit as opposed
to quota system. Engaging the CSOs for perception management,” he
said.

The communiqué maintains that there is 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.

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.

The coalition also 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.

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