Nigeria Must Review Its National Security Strategy, Says Ajibade

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    Funmi Ogundare

    A former national security officer, Major General Adewunmi Ajibade (rtd), thursday, stressed the need for the country’s security strategy to be reviewed from time to time, adding that there should be full implementation of anti-terrorism laws that must reflect the actual security situation.

    Ajibade who disclosed this at Yoruba Tennis Club (YCT) public lecture titled, ‘Current Security Challenges in Nigeria: The Way Out’, held at its Greetings Hall, in Lagos, expressed regret about the insecurity situation in the country which has brought the country to its knees.

    “The democratic institutions must be strengthened which will engender winning the hearts of Nigerians and win peace rather than not the war.”

    He cited instance of herdsmen attacks in the country saying that there must be a political and diplomatic decisions that will reduce the impact of terrorists.

    He listed some of the causes of insecurity in the country to include poverty, undemocratic actions of which bring about dissatisfaction, ethnicity and religious intolerance.

    In his remarks, His Royal Majesty, Olota of Ota, Obi Kabir Adeyemi Obalenlege said the para- military personnel in the community must be engaged on a daily basis with information that would make their job for the safety of Nigerians.

    According to him, “It is all about community policing, which is vital to our security because when you give them information, it is safer for us. They would also do their intelligence gathering and information. The government and community members should live together in harmony so that we can have a safe society.”