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'Terrorism erodes inter communal trust'

29 October 2014, 15:51

Lagos - The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukhtar, on Tuesday urged all Nigerians to unite and support the fight against terrorism to end its economic, social and psychological effects.

Mukhtar made the call in Lagos at the inauguration of the Nigerian branch of the International Law Association (ILA).

The occasion also served as the branch’s maiden annual conference.

The conference had the theme "International Investments in an Era of Transnational Threats: Taking Stock and Charting International Law Responses for the Future’’.

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The CJN, who chaired the occasion, said that the judiciary had become the cornerstone to provide the needed support as Nigeria tackled increased violence.

Mukhtar said that proliferation of small arms and the militarisation of the society had resulted in a vicious cycle of violence which had hampered national stability.

"Terrorism erodes inter communal trust and destroys the reservoir of social capital that is so vital in building a harmonious society and pooling together community efforts for national development.

"It is evident that Nigeria has not attained her best in her quest for industrial breakthrough since independence; this has forced the nation to rely heavily on importation for a great percentage of its sustenance.

"As government strives to correct this trend, insecurity will definitely stand as a clog in the wheels of our progress," the CJN said.

Mukhtar, therefore, urged all hands to be on deck in promoting peace and stamping out terrorism, which she described as inimical to sustainable national development.



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