National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd)
Ike Abonyi in Abuja and Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Thursday in Kaduna, continued his tour of ‘meet with the stakeholders’ of Boko Haram’s troubled areas in the North, with a call on the leaders of the sect to admonish their wards to embrace peace through dialogue.
Dasuki’s appeal also came on a day he spoke in Kano, and cautioned journalists in the country against sensational journalism, which he said, had had adverse consequences on the socio-economic and political development of the nation.
Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders in Kaduna, Dasuki maintained that the Federal Government was prepared to work with state governments and other stakeholders towards surmounting the problems of insecurity in parts of the country.
He emphasised the need for leaders to prevail on their wards to eschew violence which could put the nation’s peace and security at risk.
Specifically, he urged the stakeholders to reach out to all known contacts of leaders of Boko Haram and make them embrace the latest dialogue initiative by the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, Dasuki while speaking against the backdrop of the impact of negative reporting on the security challenges facing the nation, said: “My experience with the press so far has not been a very good one. I would like to caution you to please be very careful with what you report because all the places we visited now, the media have been our problem as everybody wants to put a story that is not necessary because it makes a very good headline. So, please be very cautious about that and be very mindful of your responsibility.”
Speaking during a courtesy visit on Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, at the Government House, Kano, the NSA explained that his fears
about sensational journalism stemmed from the fact that: “Everybody is trying to translate what I
said and somehow in the process of translating, the meaning is lost and some of the things I said would not necessarily be reflected and those that I didn’t say would somehow be stated as having being said by me. This is all the idea of sensational journalism.”
On why he was visiting Kano, Dasuki said he was in the state as part of his ongoing tour of states to share their experiences in the handling of the security challenges in their respective states.
“We are going on tour of states to share their experiences in handling the security situation.” and to see areas where the states has problem, where the federal government can assist to enhance the security situation and also to further enhance collaboration between the states and federal government in maintaining security,” he said.
He also stated that: “Considering the importance of Kano State, it’s major economic hub, the last place anybody would want to disrupt is Kano because the effect of anything in Kano is like one saying if Nigeria sneezes, the sub-region catches cold and this is the same thing in Kano. If Kano sneezes, all of us would not only catch a cold but, we all would catch fever. This is exactly why we are in Kano.”
Responding, Kwankwaso assured Dasuki that the state government and people of the state would give him all the necessary support and cooperation which would enable him succeed.
He said the state government was working with the members of the public to ensure that peace and normalcy return to the state.
He commended the various security agencies in the state for their commitment to enhance security in the state.
THISDAY gathered that after the courtesy visit, a meeting was held with Kwankwaso, the NSA, members of his cabinet, lawmakers including Hon. Mannir Babba Danagundi, Hon. Nasiru Baballe, Hon. Aminu Suleiman, Hon. Nasiru Ali Ahmed, Hon. Mohd Bashir Galadanchi and Hon. Bashir Baballe and members of the state security council.
Others the NSA also met include Commandants of Army, Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the state police commissioner and major traditional rulers.
But, when asked by journalists for an interview after the courtesy visit, Dasuki’s response was that his mouth was sealed.
Prior to his meeting in Kano and Kaduna States, Dasuki had held similar talks with stakeholders in Jos, Plateau State, Daura and Katsina in Katsina State, in continuation of the initiative which begun last week with visits to Potiskum and Damaturu in Yobe State and Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.