The needless killings of unarmed civilians who were exercised their right of expression is an indication that political control of the military is worrying. We have experienced a lot of cases where incumbency deploys the security agencies to perpetuate or unleash violence on harmless civilians. The situation could have been averted if the security high command is not directly under the control of political heads- Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and Regional Ministers were not having absolute control in the deployment of securities and militaries.
It is a pity that we have not provided adequate training to these political heads giving conflict management, mediation, negotiation, and crowd control. The sad reality has been that these political heads chairing MUSEC/DISEC and REGSEC do not understand the professionalism, roles, and conduct of the various security systems. How can someone be the highest authority in terms of security set up and have very little or no understanding of security and intelligence be in charge?
We have to engage in constitutional reforms to address these anomalies. The norms of quickly bringing the military to address issues of confrontation in internal issues bring to question the quality of our police service. We need to find out the quality concerns regarding our police service and fix it as a matter of urgency.
The killings in Ejura have added to a myriad of unprofessional conducts of security personnel who are paid with the taxpayer’s monies and they turn out to be the enemy of the state. The discussions must continue until authorities act on this. From the killing of 8 in Asawase to shooting incidents in Ayawaso and the killings in election 2020 is an indication of a dwindling security service in the country.
The campaign to the government to fix the country includes fixing the security services. This must be prioritized.
Name: Tahiru Lukman
Position: Youth Activist, Author & Dev’t Consultant
Tel: +233 (0) 209254057