By Chuks Okocha in Abuja
Security experts have called on the National Assembly to strengthen the judiciary by enacting home bred security laws and special courts that would handle all cases of terrorism, and appealed to the federal government to develop the political will to tackle terrorism.
Speaking at the fourth annual lecture of the Raymond Dokpesi Centre for Media Development, Paul Obanua said that security which is everybody’s business should be tackled specially through the provision of Special Courts, Laws and Strong Political Will.
According to Obanua, “I use this opportunity to implore the Federal legislators to strengthen our laws on security, by enacting a homebred anti-terrorism act that recognizes every form of kidnapping, armed attacks and other well-known mass murders as terrorism.
“The prospective anti-terrorism law should also be fashioned to create special courts and produce specially trained judges and prosecutors in this our collective patriotic efforts against all forms of insecurity”, Obanua said.
Obanua said that Nigerians should see security and its related matters as their special concern, saying, “we should also rise in protest to flush out terrorist in our towns and cities – as recently demonstrated on September 22, by citizens of Benghazi supporting their small police force in flushing out terrorist groups associated with the killing of US ambassador and disbanded the groups from their society. I hope the non-partisan civil society groups and labour unions will champion our people’s revolt against insecurity without politics”.
Obanua appealed to the federal government to be able flush out all acts of terrorisms as was the case with the Sri Lankan government where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil were flushed out after dialogue failed.