Insecurity: Nigeria is in a critical situation – Minister of Defence

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd)

The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), has stated that arrangements have been concluded to confront “merchants of violence” threatening to divide Nigeria.

Speaking in Abuja at a one-day National Defence and Security summit with the theme ‘Promoting Kinetic Operations as a Major Plank for Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency in Nigeria’, the minister stated that kinetic approach would be deployed to stop those planning to destabilise the nation.

According to the minister, Nigeria is currently in a critical situation occasioned by terrorist attacks, banditry and kidnappings.

He noted that the Federal Governemnt was committed to ensuring the safety of lives and properties of Nigerians in line with the presidential directive to the service chiefs.

“This summit is coming at a sobering time in the life of our dear nation. A time when merchants of violence are threatening to tear the very foundations of our nation; a time when diverse manifestations of security threats dot the landscape and impact individuals, communities and almost all subnational entities in disconcerting ways; a time when fear and uncertainty pervades the land; and a time when global indicators of national insecurity give room for serious concern.”

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian Armed Forces and sister security agencies to use all power to stabilise the security situation, promote peace, stability and development in Nigeria.

“The focus and objective use of kinetic operations therefore become very obvious.

“The armed forces and other security agencies in league with strategic Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are critical to this security initiative.

“We are in a critical situation that requires the understanding, buy-in, support and collaboration of important stakeholders and key players in this strategic option and national task.

“This is important to minimise distractions and maximise civil support in order to facilitate operational success and mission outcomes,” the minister said.

Gen. Magashi further stated that the FG had over the years applied a multilateral approach, working closely with ts neighbours and multi-dimensional efforts at home.

“In Southern Nigeria, the security approach includes, but not limited to: the convening of various stakeholder dialogues in the Niger Delta; mounting of Single-Service, Joint and Special Task Forces; establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); establishment of the Ministry of Niger Delta; declaration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for repentant Niger Delta militants; proscription of the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB); and the establishment of the Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre Zone E in the Gulf of Guinea.”

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