The Federal Governemnt of Nigeria has been urged to employ the strategy of good governance, public accountability and respect for the rule of law as the best answer to counter the sustained cases of terror attacks the country had witnessed lately, according to surveys conducted by the Alliance for Credible Elections (ACE) Nigeria and CLEEN Foundation.
The groups said governments at all levels should demonstrate greater commitment to availing Nigerians the dividends of democracy, especially in fulfillment of campaign promises.
The report made available to LEADERSHIP SUNDAY by the deputy general secretary, ACE-Nigeria, Echezona Asuzu, described the terror attack on the United Nations building in Abuja as “Most reprehensible, given the commitment of the UN to the values of peace, poverty alleviation, protection of rights and democratic governance.
“The contribution of the United Nations through its agencies and development partners to the successful conduct of the 2011 general election in Nigeria cannot be quantified. From the electoral reform process to voter registration and education campaigns, and to the actual conduct of the 2011 elections, the UN supported the Independent National Electoral Commission and local civil society organisations to effectively discharge their roles,” the report stated.
The report urged the government at all levels to employ very holistic measures, including dialogue, to arrest the escalation of terrorist attacks in Nigeria, especially given the introduction of the hitherto alien trends of suicide bombing in the country.
“. . . a greater proportion of Nigerians prefer the use of dialogue in addressing the increasing wave of violence in the country. Therefore, beyond deploying more men and munitions to curtail the rising wave of violence across the land, government should explore the option of dialogue with aggrieved groups, since true peace can only be won on the roundtable and not on the war front,” the report advised.