The Commandant, National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Alhaji A.S. Adeleke, has stressed the need for the African Union (AU) to focus more on Africa-oriented solutions in its bid to resolve socio-economic challenges within the continent, given peculiarities of the countries.
A statement by the Media Assistant to NC/CEO, AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria Abolade Ogundimu, said Adeleke stated this during a Sectoral Consultation by the African Union Country Review Mission (CRM ) to the Institute in Abuja.
The mission led by its Lead Panel Member Dr. Abdoulie Janneh, had commenced its activities for the validation of Nigeria’s Country Self-Assessment Report (CSAR) on 1st July, 2021, embarking on Sectoral Consultation to critical stakeholders as part of the exercise in order for Nigeria to have a successful Second Peer Review Process.
According to Adeleke, Africa’s peculiarity to various challenges should reflect in the solutions, not generalizing of solution and problems.
He said, “We need to change our attitude to some of these problems confronting individual countries in Africa. There are global challenges like terrorism and recently, COVID-19 pandemic, how we have fared in those two vivid examples differ from other Continents.
“It is important to develop African Solution to African problems so that the Continent can achieve its set goals on socio-economic development.
“Nigerian government has made and still making frantic efforts in various areas of National life including improvement on electoral process, legislative backing on protection of People Living With Disability (PWD) among others,” he said.
Similarly, Prof. Etannibi Alemika, Study Group Coordinator, NISS said ” insecurity is a challenge globally, noting that societies with monotheistic belief are more prone to terrorism.
“Religious violence is alien to African culture because individual is free to worship many gods but our believe in foreign religion now come with extremism by some religious groups.
“As Africans, let us look at our peculiarity and remember that no nation develops with liberal model of development ” he said.
Responding, the Coordinator, CRM Ferdinand Katendeko, lauded the Institute for its commitment to Security studies and research in the country.
NISS is a Technical Research Institute that carried out final harmonisation of questionnaires and data harvested for Nigeria’s Second Peer Review conducted by APRM Nigeria under four thematic areas