By: SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Dr.Ahmad Jibrin Suleiman of faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has said,. Nigerian early warning mechanism system is weak due to lack of coordination between major stakeholders, policy makers, civil society and local actors.
He stated this while presenting a paper titled “The Legal and pragmatic missing link in the protection of civilians in challenge at the ongoing National Conference organized by the Faculty of Law.
According to him, collection, analysis and communication of relevant information and conclusions to enable policy makers to make strategies choice as well the rapid response mechanism timely and appropriate initiatives, interventions and relief.
Dr. Suleiman noted that early warning mechanism takes structural and systematic factors that cause the conflict into cons, effective prediction of rapid response mechanism.
He said, there is the need for clear and accurate information which is vital to early warning mechanism and a solid synergy between traditional rulers and the civil society groups.
On the herders/farmers crisis, Dr Suleiman said, part of a broad problem of humanity and with Law as an instrument of social engineering, humanity has come to a long way in bringing up Law to deal with conflicts.
“The challenge of protecting vulnerable civilian first from international armed conflict, later non – international armed conflict and now sporadic attacks and other situations of violence”.
Dr. Suleiman called for the punishment of perpetrators of atrocities and conflict, and government should be accountable for irresponsible of security operations.