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2021, May 19

Concerned about the unending security challenges being faced by Nigeria, the Catholic Lawyers in the country have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, convene an International Security Summit that will exhaustively deliberate on the current security situation, as well as learn lessons from countries that experienced similar situations in the past and have overcome same.

The Catholic Lawyers under the auspices of National Association of Catholic Lawyers (NACL) made the call in a statement issued on Sunday, May 16 and made available to the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria’s Media Office, where they stated that the summit will avail Nigeria the opportunity as a country and as a people, to take advantage of State of the Art technological equipment for security surveillance and action.

The Lawyers also called on the security agencies to redouble their efforts in the fight against insecurity in the country as they add their voices to that of other citizens in condemning in strong terms the unbridled acts of criminal elements operating almost without hindrance.

According to the Catholic lawyers, their hearts are with all Nigerians, especially families and victims of various acts of criminality and deaths resulting from poor healthcare, as they prayed God to console them, to look with favour on them and grant them the fortitude to bear their irreparable losses.

The statement, which was signed by the national President and Secretary, Barristers Chukwuma Ezeala and Angela Odunukwe respectively, reads in part: “We condemn in the strongest terms ever the unbridled acts of criminal elements operating almost without hindrance, and we call on the Nigeria Police Force, the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies, to redouble their efforts towards the fulfillment of their constitutional responsibility for the security of lives and property of the average Nigerian.

The lawyers reiterated the provisions of Section. 14 (2) (b) Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, which states that: “the security and welfare of the people SHALL BE the primary purpose of government”.


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