By Isiyaka Wunti
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Bauchi State Chapter, has called for stronger synergy among security operatives, religious and community leaders towards addressing various forms of crime and criminality across the country.
The Institute also wants the federal and state governments to resuscitate ailing industries to engage the teaming unemployed youth in useful ventures as one of measures to curtail restiveness which usually lead to criminal activities.
These were contained in a Communiqué issued after the Citizens’ Summit for National Integration, Peace and Security organised by the Bauchi State Chapter of NIPR.
The document was signed by the Secretary, Communiqué Drafting Committee Nazif Abba Pali and made available to journalists in Bauchi.
According the Communiqué relevant Government agencies should take effective measures towards regulating various social media platforms against the spread of fake news and hate speeches.
“For peace to reign in Nigeria, relevant authorities should put in place effective measures in punishing anyone found spreading fake news and hate speech”.
The Institute also suggested that recruitment of police personnel should be based on communities’ recommendations of applicants as against the ugly trend of God-fatherism.
“Recruitment of police officers should not be allowed in the hands of politicians, instead it should be based on merit and recommendations of applicants by their respective communities”.
The Communiqué notes with dismay the spate of insecurity to include Banditry, kidnapping, and insurgency as well as ethno-religious conflicts in most parts of the country and calls on government and security agencies to live up to their responsibilities.