Osinbajo seeks review of international conventions on terrorism

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said that the time has come for the international community to take another look at the international legal instruments and conventions governing warfare and conflicts because of the very unconventional and brutal operations of terrorists and insurgents around the globe.

He made the remark during a meeting with members of the United Nations Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said: “We must, on a global scale look again at how to deal with these new challenges. We need to look at the governing conventions, what type of legal categories, recognition of law we should give them (to the perpetrators of terror and insurgents).

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“We need to re-examine how to deal with these individuals according to law.”

While assuring that the Nigerian government will progressively review the rules of engagement by the military, the nation’s security system, and take into considerations human rights issues, Osinbajo said the Social Investment Programmes including the Conditional Cash Transfer, the GEEP Micro Credit Scheme and the N-Power job programme will cater for the developmental needs of the Northeast part of the country affected by the insurgency.

He added: “We are already disbursing the cash transfers in some IDP camps and host communities.”

According to him, the Buhari administration is also implementing a microcredit scheme by trying to use the Social Investment Programmes to resuscitate the local economies.

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