The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has advocated efficient capacity building workshops for rural communities to support victims of violent extremism in the country.
The Commandant General, NSCDC, Abdullahi Muhammadu stated this
at a workshop organised by Royal Initiative against Poverty and Starvation (RIAPS), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), on Thursday in Abuja.
The Commandant General, Represented by Assistant Commandant General, Mr Okeh Felix, said, that there was need for capacity-building workshops to help to condense and provide care to victims of violence.
According to him, with the prevalence of violence extremism, especially in the North-East, there is need for adequate conflict prevention and response systems.
He said “This is with a view to addressing underlying and emergent conditions that drive violence in the country,”
The Commandant General said that the role of security agencies, CSOs and the media was crucial to efforts aimed at preventing and responding to violent extremism in Nigeria.
He added that NSCDC had been proactive in countering violent extremism through the formation of relevant departments.
He encouraged key stakeholders to apply the acquired skills in enhancing prevention and response initiatives in dealing with violence.
Earlier, Founder of RIAPS, Mr Lord Okpanachi, had said that the theme of the workshop – Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism for Security Agencies, Civil Society and Media – was apt, considering the rate of violence in the country.
He said “We have gathered the relevant stakeholders today to arm ourselves with the right knowledge to go out and begin to deal with the issue of violent extremism in Nigeria.
“Violence extremism is rooted in the psychology and the mind-set of people.
“It is about the way you think because man is powered by thought patterns and culture.
“Violence will not just go away because we wish for it to, but rather, we need to keep planning, strategising, implementing and acting in order to achieve a violence-free country.
“People have said much about violence but taking better actions on how to eradicate it is of essence,” he said.
He urged the Federal Government to invest in knowledge-driven activities in order to renew the minds of people.
“When we start thinking differently we see differently and begin to act differently,” .