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Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) in Kogi has called for the establishment of government institutions to manage conflicts at state levels.
Miliki made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lokoja.
He noted that while a lot of resources were being deployed to fight insecurity, not much attention was given to the management of conflicts.
The rights activist said that conflict and security could trigger emergencies and create unpleasant situations, adding that none should be accorded less attention.
Miliki expressed concern that conflict leading to killings in Omala, Bassa, Abugi, Ogaminana and some flash points in Kogi were not properly addressed.
“This is due to non-availability of appropriate agencies or institutions to manage the conflicts that triggered the clashes.
“We have a lot of institutions of Peace and Conflict Resolution and a Federal Agency at that level, we ask that they be
replicated in the states.
“We advocate that state governments should create institutions or agencies that will be saddled with the responsibility of managing conflicts.
“They should be made up of people of proven integrity with adequate knowledge and experience in conflict management and recognised by law.
“The Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), the clergy, the media, experienced security experts and other notable citizens that are not partisan can also make the list.’’
Miliki identified ignorance, maladministration, absence of respect for the rule of law and human rights, impunity and deprivations as some of the causes of conflict in the country.
Creidts: Friday Idachaba | NAN
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