The United Nations told Nigerian security agencies on Thursday to act swiftly on early warning signals of attacks on communities in Nigeria, saying “you cannot wait for the violence to take place before you start chasing the perpetrators.”
Mrs. Sewuese Torkuma, the Gender Technical Advisor of the world body, gave the advice in Jos, during an advocacy visit to the headquarters of `Operation Rainbow’, a state-owned security outfit charged with tackling violence in Plateau.
She said, “The security agencies must be proactive; you cannot wait for the violence to take place before you start chasing the perpetrators.
“You must strive to avert the persistent loss of lives, destruction of properties and displacement of women and children.”
Torkuma urged the security agencies to allow more women to occupy higher positions to enable them play crucial roles in the peace building process.
She added that the visit was to sensitise `Operation Rainbow’ on the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which seeks to promote gender parity at all levels of decision making.