The Senate, yesterday, resolved to make a law intended to monitor and regulate preaching in mosques and churches as a way to check the rising wave of religious fundamentalism in the country.
Similarly, the upper chamber of the National Assembly may make a Witness Protection law aimed at encouraging citizens to volunteer useful information about perpetrators of insecurity.
These were contained in a 15-point resolution signed by Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, senate leader and chairman communiqué committee at the end of the 2012 senate retreat in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Also, the Senate, as a step towards strengthening the fight against the Boko Haram menace, urged the federal government to create special courts to try those culpable of terrorism in the country.
The communique further urged the federal government to create bi-lateral and multi-lateral networking in curbing terrorism and recommended a partnership with international communities to stem the increasing wave of terrorism.
“Partnering with the international community to curb incidences of insecurity and terrorism is imperative especially given the international dimensions and connections of terrorist organisations”, the communiqué read.
Resolving to strengthen the law relating to insecurity and terrorism, the Senators observed that there was need to re-examine how the judiciary handles cases of terrorism.
According to them, causes of insecurity were multi-faceted and include poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, ethnicity and religion not forgetting the collapse of positive values and allegiance to national symbols and core values.
They pointed out that effective national security was crucial for meaningful and sustainable development