Buratai: Army Will Secure Nigeria Better With Good Policies and Laws

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By George Okoh in Makurdi

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has called on some state governments to take a critical look at some policies and law being implemented in their states and possibly make a review of them in order to resolve crises bedeviling the country.

He insisted that certain policy and law being implemented in some states needed to be reviewed to give everyone a sense of belonging.

Buratai stated this in Ugba, the headquarters of Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, where he undertook an on-the-spot assessment tour of destroyed-communities invaded by Fulani herdsmen.

He added that some inter-tribal fight is also fuelling the crisis in Nigeria, stressing  that if  this policy and law is fundamentally reviewed, it would enhance securities across the country.

The army chief also stated that the army would deploy more troops to cover the areas prone to crisis in the state, particularly those communities  located along the riverbank and shared boundary with other states.

According to him, a place like Anyibe in Ayilamo, Logo council area that shares boundary with Taraba and Nasarawa States would be  reinforced with the troops to guarantee the security and safe returns of the people already displaced. 

He said the lack of effective mobility on water route and other roads have continued to hampered troops to quickly move in and respond to cases of attack, noting that both the state and local government area needed to work out modalities for the provision of rural roads and other social amenities so as to enhance emergency and quick operations.

“The water route is what we are looking at very critically. I wish it can be improved. Already, there is a planning committee on ground from the defence headquarters who are working on this, and there are those of us that have been brought in for deployment in the water.

“But as I said earlier, the overall security will depend on the number of factors. Everybody is coming to play his role especially the state government, as well as the security agencies and the local government. The state and council areas has their roles in the provision of roads and other social amenities. They are quite fundamental and l hope they will look at it and see how they can improve on the terrain in terms of movement and provision of roads. You can see how difficult the terrain is for us to get into the affected areas in Anyibe, Ayilamo,” Buratai explained.