Se­ri­ous se­cu­rity chal­lenges all over Nige­ria — Army

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Act­ing Direc­tor of De­fence In­for­ma­tion and Chair­man of the Fo­rum of Spokesper­sons on Se­cu­rity And Re­sponse Agen­cies, Bri­gadier-Gen­eral John Agim, says there are se­ri­ous chal­lenges all over the coun­try.

He said this in Cal­abar, Cross Rivers State, yes­ter­day at a two-day sem­i­nar for spokesper­sons of se­cu­rity and re­sponse agen­cies, with the theme “Global Ter­ror­ism and Cri­sis of Nar­ra­tives: The Chal­lenges of Nige­ria Se­cu­rity Spokesper­sons”.

He stated: “We are fight­ing in­sur­gency in the north­east and we are hav­ing se­ri­ous se­cu­rity chal­lenges all over the coun­try. Peo­ple usu­ally say what are these se­cu­rity peo­ple do­ing and even when we want to tell them what we are do­ing; the feel­ing is that it is their job and we are say­ing that is wrong.

“The mil­i­tary does not have any prob­lem of their own con­cern­ing the in­sur­gents; the prob­lem was there un­til they said the mil­i­tary, go and con­front this prob­lem. So if we are do­ing it, then we are do­ing it on be­half of the coun­try, if this is so then we all should be part of it and not iso­late our­selves and make it look as if it is just the mil­i­tary prob­lem.

“All along now, peo­ple look at it as a mil­i­tary prob­lem, from our en­vi­ron­ment, some of us find it dif­fi­cult to give in­for­ma­tion to the se­cu­rity agen­cies. There has never been a time that Nige­ria has been more con­fronted with se­cu­rity chal­lenges than now, it, there­fore, be­hooves on se­cu­rity and re­sponse agen­cies and per­sons to ac­quire skills on how to man­age in­for­ma­tion so that the cit­i­zens can be car­ried along.

“The sem­i­nar is ca­pac­ity build­ing sem­i­nar where we can look at how we can do our job bet­ter. We are the ones that give in­for­ma­tion about our re­spec­tive or­ga­ni­za­tions and if we are un­able to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively, we are un­likely go­ing to un­der­stand what all these se­cu­rity agen­cies are do­ing and it will be dif­fi­cult for the pub­lic to un­der­stand what we are do­ing and how to part­ner with the pub­lic”.

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