The National Economic Council (NEC) held a meeting on Thursday 18th February to review the security issues involved in the country.
The meeting was presided by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo which held in Aso Villa, Abuja.
The Council discussed on the security issues which have posed a major problem in the Buhari administration.
The NEC promised the protection of all residents in all States of the Federation whether indigene or non-indigene, the arrest and prosecution of all crime perpetrators and the reconstruction of destroyed houses with the help from federal authorities as well as compensation payments by State authorities for damaged properties and livelihoods sustained during attacks on communities.
Prof Yemi spoke on ensuring proper burials for deceased victims of violent attacks, the immediate public and unequivocal condemnation of any manifestation of all hate crimes against ethnic, religious and minority groups and ensuring local security initiatives like the State Government Law Enforcement Agencies were inclusive and composed with due consideration given to adequate representation of non-indiginous/minority resident communities.
To ensure that all state, local and communal security initiatives operate according to guidelines consistent with State legislation and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other relevant laws and are subjected to rigorous oversight.
Furthermore, ensuring citizens and communities safety from being victimised or harassed for crimes carried out by the criminal elements, continued participation and organization in town hall meetings by Governors representing all geopolitical zones in localities of recent ethnic strife, the statutory jurisdiction of State Government over forest reserves who must seek alliance with the FG to eradicate forest based crimes were also part of the consigned agenda.
The Council further added that Governors must seek full implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan which is a comprehensive strategy to tackle the conflict between farmers and herdsmen.
They added that the ECOWAS Transhumance Protocols alongside the strengthening of border controls would be observed effectively to discourage cross-border crimes.