Nigeria continues to play host to myriad of conflicts and ethno-religious crises since the return to democracy in 1999 after long years of military rule riddled with violent/non-violent coup de’tats. These crises range from the activities of the Niger Delta militants in the South South, the Fulani herdsmen-local farmers conflicts in the North West and North Central zones and the activities of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents across states in the North East of Nigeria. Indeed, the response of the Federal government to these conflicts and heightened insecurity situation is a deployment of military personnel over troubled civilian spaces.
With the long years of military domination, the continued deployment of military personnel to crisis-prone areas and an under-resourced police manpower, the implications have been poor civil-military relations and infractions and a general lack of cooperation between members of the public and the military personnel. The Civil Military Relations Project therefore seeks to foster national security, cohesion, accountability, respect for the rules of engagement and human rights of civilian and the Military.
This project is justified on the basis that it will initiate enabling environment and processes for various local and international stakeholders to evolve a framework that will bridge the existing communications gap between the military and turn current anti-military sentiments into public-military synergy of purpose as the success of deployed troops depends to a very large extent on the cooperation and information members of the public are willing share with them.
The CMR project currently enjoys the buy-in of the Departments of Civil Military Affairs of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force, The Nigerian Bar Association, National Human Rights Commission, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution and other state and non-state actors.