*To fully protect Nigerians wherever they chose to reside regardless of ethnic background
*States to pay compensation for damages, reconstruct destroyed homes during targeted attacks
Henceforth concerted efforts would be made towards the immediate investigation, arrest, and prosecution of all perpetrators of crime in the country while both the States and Federal governments should ensure the full protection of all Nigerians wherever they reside, without regard to ethnic, religious, or regional status.
These were some of the outcomes of the first physical meeting of the National Economic Council after a critical review of the security situation in the country under the chairmanship of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
According to the resolution of the Council, both the Federal and State governments should recommit to “the protection of all residents of all States including non-indigenous communities and religious and ethnic minorities within state jurisdictions.”
Similarly, it was resolved that in collaboration with federal authorities, there should be the commencement of “the reconstruction of destroyed homes and payment of compensation where appropriate by State authorities for damage to property and livelihoods sustained during targeted attacks on communities within their jurisdictions.”
The resolution in full is hereby reproduced:
The Resolutions of the National Economic Council
All Nigerians in their various States of abode, regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation, will be afforded the full weight of the protection of their governments at both Federal and State levels.
This was the commitment made by the Governors at the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) which held at the State House Banquet Hall on Thursday.
During the meeting which was chaired by the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Council deliberated on the security situation in the country and reached a consensus on a mutual framework for addressing the protection of vulnerable communities, especially ethnic and religious minorities.
The Governors reaffirmed their commitment to national unity and pledged among other things, to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of crime, to collaborate with federal authorities to reconstruct destroyed homes, and pay compensation where appropriate for damage to property and livelihoods during targeted attacks on communities, as well as the unequivocal condemnation of manifestations of hatred, hate crimes and related violence against communities.
The Council recommitted to the following principles:
- The protection of all residents of all States, including non-indigenous communities and religious and ethnic minorities within State jurisdictions;
- The arrest and prosecution of all perpetrators of crime;
- In collaboration with federal authorities, the reconstruction of destroyed homes and payment of compensation where appropriate by State authorities for damage to property and livelihoods sustained during targeted attacks on communities within their jurisdictions;
- Ensuring that deceased victims of such violence are duly accorded dignified burial rites;
- The immediate public and unequivocal condemnation of all manifestations of hatred, targeted violence, and other hate crimes against ethnic, religious, and minority groups;
- Ensuring that local security initiatives – whether they are State government law enforcement agencies or local vigilante groups or the Community Policing programme of the Nigeria Police Force – are inclusive and are composed with due consideration given to adequate representation of non-indigenous/minority resident communities;
- Ensuring that all State, local and communal security initiatives operate according…