FG Supports Reforms in Defence, Says Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami

Alex Enumah in Abuja

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, SAN, yesterday, said the federal government was vigorously pursuing processes for the immediate implementation of reforms strategy for national security architecture with a view to providing enhanced institutions for effective service delivery.

Malami hinted at this when he received members of the Presidential Committee on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Reform Committee on Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of Nigeria.

In a statement by his media aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu, he emphasised the need for robust legal and legislative framework, effective inter-ministerial support and up-to-date training as well as enhanced capacity building approaches.

He further assured them of government’s determination to ensure the military and security institutions carry out their duties in the ever-changing and complex society and in compliance with international best practices.

He said for the implementation of the reform to be meaningful, existing legislations are put in place to ensure result-oriented delivery of the mandate of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forced of Nigeria.

Malami assured the committee of the total support of the justice ministry in achieving the objectives of the committee.

Earlier, Chairman of the Committee, Major General Alwali Kazir (rtd), noted that the national and global strategic environments within which the armed forces operated had changed significantly in the last two decades.

Kazir said the end of the cold war has enhanced globalisation with its attendant features of interdependence and internationalisation, adding that there was the need to reposition the AFN to meet its national and international obligations.

“Our goal is to improve capacity and capability of the Armed Forced of Nigeria for rapid deployment to counter wide spectrum of both internal and external threats,” he said.