A Non-governmental Organization (NGO), Centre For Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has advocated for transparency in the process of counter-insurgency efforts in the country.
Mr Yunusa Ya’u , The Executive Director, CITAD made the call during the presentation of two books on corruption, insurgency and hate speech on Friday in Bauchi.
The two books presented are titled; The Compromised State, ‘How Corruption Sustains Insecurity In Nigeria’ and the ‘Context And Content In Hate Speech.
He said there was a need for transparency in all processes of the counter- insurgency efforts in order not to shield any corrupt practice.
“It’s imperative to investigate and prosecute all corrupt cases to regain citizens’ trust and reduce excessive.
“Prompt payment of entitlement and remuneration of security agencies should be looked into.
“Prompt response to information by Community members on suspected cases like activities of the terrorists would go a long way,” he said.
Ya’u also expressed dismay over prevalence of hate speech among the diverse people of Nigeria, adding that it has made it impossible for communities to collectively rise up and confront the challenges bedeviling the country.
He explained that the books were meant to highlight the challenges of insecurity, corruption and hate speech in the nation.
According to him, the three issues were the major constraints facing the country which the government has been unable to surmount.
He pointed out that all parts of the country experienced one form of insecurity or another, citing insurgency in the north east, banditry in north west, kidnappings and robbery in other areas.
“The second problem mitigating the development of the nation is corruption. Fight against corruption should be intensified so that things could improve for the better in Nigeria.
“Proliferation of hate speech has also led to crises and violence in the country,” he said.
He added that hate speech divided the country and prevented countrymen from addressing their problems as atrocities were attributed by hate speakers to some section of people instead of viewing them as national issues that should be tackled collectively.
He noted that the NGO intervened by highlighting the problems at stake and proffering possible and workable solutions to the problems.