How To End Insecurity In Nigeria – Tukur Buratai

How To End Insecurity In Nigeria - Tukur Buratai
How To End Insecurity In Nigeria – Tukur Buratai

The Nigerian Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai (ret.), has proposed steps capable of resolving the threat of insecurity facing Nigeria, stating that everyone must contribute to attaining a peaceful country.

Tukur Buratai , a former Chief of Army Staff, addressed on Saturday at a one-day symposium on National security, hosted by Arewa House in Kaduna and titled “Politics and Insecurity in Nigeria: The Way Forward.”

Various forms of instability, such as insurgency in the North East, banditry and kidnapping in the North West, agitation in the South East, and crude oil bunkering in the South-South, are currently present in various regions of the country, according to the official.

Tukur Buratai proposed adopting a comprehensive and integrated strategy to enable all members of society to play vital roles in addressing the security concerns facing the nation.

He said that the holistic approach should also include the participation of key societal players, such as religious leaders, youngsters, teachers, women, civil society, the media, law enforcement, and the security and intelligence services.

“There is a need for the public to be regularly sensitised and educated about their duties as stakeholders in the country’s security architecture through entities like the National Orientation Agency, among others,” he said.

Buratai also stated that the revitalization of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) would alleviate the absence of specialised equipment and platforms for the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) to combat instability.

“This is essential in order to satisfy the expanding equipment needs of the AFN in order to combat current and emerging security threats.

“To do this, the Ministry of Defense, in coordination with relevant partners, may put in place institutions to ensure that DICON staff receives proper training in human resources.

“This would expand their capacity to produce military weapons for the AFN and grow their specialised workforce,” he explained.

Buratai added that the continuing reforms of the Nigerian Police, the acquisition of sophisticated platforms for intelligence gathering, and the effective management of Nigeria’s porous borders will go a long way toward reaching the country’s desired level of safety.

Earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Abubakar, reassured that traditional and religious institutions are committed to ensuring that they fulfil their critical roles in creating a peaceful Nigeria.

Abubakar, represented by Dr. Bello Lafiagi, asked Nigerians to be prayerful and to be each other’s keeper by demonstrating a high level of trust and compassion.

According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), the symposium was attended by representatives of chiefs of military and paramilitary organisations, religious and traditional rulers, and academics, among others. (NAN)

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