…We’ll change the tide, CDS assures
The newly appointed service chiefs said yesterday that the nation’s security architecture was currently being re-organised.
According to Vanguard, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, who disclosed this at the townhall meeting held with stakeholders, on behalf of the service chiefs in Kaduna yesterday, assured that the security chiefs were determined to reverse the insecurity probem in the country.
The meeting organised by Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, had in attendance governors of states in the North West, traditional rulers, religious leaders and other influencers in the region.
Irabor said the new security architecture would assist the security chiefs to effectively deal with banditry and other forms of criminality in the country.
According to him ,the meeting was to let Nigerians, especially governors and people of the Northwest, know that the situation in the region was of great concern to the President.
“Your concerns have remained deep in our hearts. We assure you that we’ve not rested on our oars,” he said.
He explained that the Kaduna meeting was to feel the people’s pulse, stressing that the National Security Adviser, NSA, service chiefs, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, and other security organizations were now working together.
According to him, data are being collated to enable the security heads change the tide.
The CDS, however, said that coming together as a group with the governors and other stakeholders would enable them make progress in the fight against insecurity in the region.
In his remarks, the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, retd, explained that President Buhari was deeply concerned about the security situation in the region, saying the essence of the meeting which would be replicated in the other zones, was to address very important security concerns.
He said although it was true that security was the primary concern of government, nobody was running away from that but stressed it was important to now have a multifaceted approach in dealing with insecurity.
“Government is only one leg in the tripod… that is why government is engaging the public. With the new service chiefs, there is a new direction. All we require is your patience, “ he said.
Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum and governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, emphasized the need for unity among Nigerians, and prayed that the new service chiefs would soon see the end of insecurity in Nigeria.
In his remarks, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State recalled that the situation in his state was not as bad as it was 10 years ago, but lamented that banditry, cattle rustling, killings and rape are now bedevilling his state.
Similarly, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State expressed confidence in the ability of the new service chiefs, based on their past records, saying the presence of such high level delegation underscored the importance Buhari’s administration attached to security in the region.
The governor hoped that the service chiefs would map out a new security architecture that will end banditry and other forms of crime in the North West.
He said there were disturbing video in circulation lately, noting that all the Northwest governors had in the last two weeks been going round and appealing to the people to be calm.
Also speaking on the occasion, the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, said now was the time for Nigerians to embrace one another, irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliation, as against fighting themselves.
Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gummi, who spoke on behalf of religious leaders in the state, thanked the government for organizing the meeting and called on Muslim and Christian leaders to extend their religious advocacy to people in the rural and other remote areas.
“ Islam admonishes people to take their grievances to the authorities, I am happy the authorities are here taking the lead,” he said.