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Insecurity: Military, other efforts deserve praise – Group

By Cecilia Ijuo

A civil society organization (CSO), We Are All One Foundation (WAAOF), says efforts by security agencies to address insecurity, especially terrorism and the growing kidnappings of students and other citizens require praise, not condemnation.

The president of the foundation, Mr. Musa Gokarum, said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) Thursday in Abuja.

Gokaru said the growing trend of citizens to dampen morale in the Nigerian military, navy and air force, including other security agencies, despite efforts to protect lives and well, was disturbing.

He said that whether or not the security agencies needed improvements in certain areas, it was not enough to castigate them, saying that in most cases they risked their lives to protect Nigerians from internal forces and external.

“When you consider how our valiant security guards fought to maintain peace and order, despite the challenges of terrorism and other security issues, you will do anything to cheer them up.

“If they weren’t doing their best, all of these challenges would have been overwhelming for the country.

“So if the military and other security agencies cannot be appreciated for their efforts, then we are doing them a disservice.

“It is important to note that what we are facing is not unique to Nigeria,” she said.

According to him, countries all over Africa and around the world are going through a similar ordeal, so it is not fair to condemn our men who are at the forefront in ensuring that you and I go about our daily business without fear of be attacked or kidnapped. .

“When we say they are not doing their best, it worries because neither of us had been on the battlefield.

“We hear about arrests, raids on kidnappers’ hideouts and other efforts by our security agencies, but some of us think they are not doing well enough but doing our best,” did he declare.

On allegations that corruption and sabotage in the military and other security agencies hampered victory against terrorism and other forms of insecurity, Gokaru said it was not enough to allege that they were not functioning optimally.

“Our task is to sensitize Nigerians to the enormous sacrifices our officers and men are making to secure the country in a context of growing insecurity.

“The people who condemn our security agents are just political and I urge Nigerians not to listen to them,” he said.

Gokaru, who is the founder of WAAOF, assured them, especially those on the front lines of the fight against terrorism, kidnappings and other forms of crime, that “millions of Nigerians are behind you, appreciating, supporting and praying that you will remain victorious.

However, he advised security agencies to do more in the area of ​​intelligence gathering.

He said: “The fight against insecurity, especially terrorism, is not about killing and destroying but about getting ahead of terrorists through information gathering.

“If we have a strong intelligence gathering mechanism, it will be difficult for these criminals to carry out their nefarious activities. “

On the growing rate of kidnappings from schools across the country, Gokaru called for concerted efforts, saying it would be a tall order for security agencies alone.

Gokaru said, “Communities should also make efforts to secure educational institutions in their neighborhood.

“Security is not the business of security agencies alone, but everyone’s business. We must also be prepared to provide information that will enable security agencies to perform their functions effectively.

“I think we should do more as a country to create a mechanism where citizens can freely relay suspicious movements in their communities. “

He praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts to secure the delivery of Tucano planes and other efforts to defeat the war against insurgency.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that WAAOF is an organization created to promote peace and unity in Nigeria and other African countries. (NOPE)

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