Re­tired mil­i­tary of­fi­cers con­demn un­end­ing in­sur­gency in Nige­ria

‘Counter-ter­ror­ism strat­egy desk will be es­tab­lished in 36 states, FCT’

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Sax­one Akhaine (Kaduna) and Ye­tunde Ay­obami Ojo (La­gos)

WOR­RIED by the un­end­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenge in the coun­try, the Re­tired Army, Navy and Air Force Of­fi­cers (RANAO) As­so­ci­a­tions of Nige­ria, has lamented Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s in­abil­ity to prof­fer so­lu­tions to the prob­lems.

While urg­ing Nige­ri­ans to de­fend them­selves against Boko Haram and inces­sant herders at­tacks and killings across the coun­try, they ar­gued that in­se­cu­rity in Nige­ria has been turned into a busi­ness ven­ture.

Its Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Alexan­der Mshelb­wala (rtd.), pointed out that Nige­ri­ans are turn­ing in­se­cu­rity into a busi­ness, while say­ing that the Boko Haram ter­ror­ists can­not spend more than five days in the bush with­out food, just as he won­dered why the mil­i­tary should al­low sup­ply.

He at­trib­uted the de­vel­op­ment to the coun­try’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing civil re­spon­si­bil­ity and ad­vised the peo­ple against re­ly­ing en­tirely on the mil­i­tary for in­ter­nal in­se­cu­rity, adding that in­ter­nal se­cu­rity should be ev­ery­body’s busi­ness.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists at the end of its ninth cel­e­bra­tion in Kaduna, Mshelb­wala said the au­thor­i­ties should go af­ter those who are sup­ply­ing Boko Haram food, weapons, lo­gis­tics and mil­i­tary hard wares to end the killings and in­sur­gency.

Mean­while, the Fed­eral Min­istry of Women Af­fairs and So­cial De­vel­op­ment (NCWASD) has con­cluded plans to es­tab­lish a Na­tional Counter Ter­ror­ism Strat­egy (NACTEST) No­dal desk in the 36 states and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), Abuja.

This was dis­closed in a com­mu­niqué is­sued at the end of 18th Reg­u­lar Na­tional Coun­cil Meet­ing on Women Af­fairs and So­cial De­vel­op­ment or­gan­ised by the Min­istry in La­gos.

The meet­ing with the theme: Peace, se­cu­rity and So­cial in­clu­sion: key Build­ing blocks for Achiev­ing economic Growth and sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment in nige­ria, was chaired by Aisha Jum­mai Al­has­san.

Speak­ing, Al­has­san stressed that peace and se­cu­rity were es­sen­tial for na­tional de­vel­op­ment, as they serve to at­tract for­eign in­vestors.

Sec­re­tary to the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment (SSG), Tunji Bello, who rep­re­sented Gov­er­nor Ak­in­wumi Am­bode, ap­pre­ci­ated the coun­cil for giv­ing the state the host­ing rights and reaf­firmed the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to the in­clu­sion of more women in the state’s af­fairs.

Del­e­gates from 34 states and the FCT, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Na­tional Cen­tre for Women De­vel­op­ment (NCWD), Na­tional Agency for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons (NAPTIP) and com­mis­sion­ers led by the Dean of the Col­lege of Com­mis­sion­ers, at­tended the meet­ing.

Oth­ers are per­ma­nent sec­re­taries, di­rec­tors of de­part­ments, La­gos State Po­lice Com­mand, United Na­tions In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Bri­tish Coun­cil, UNICEF, World Bank and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions (CSOS).

It fea­tured two ses­sion­s­the Tech­ni­cal Ses­sion presided over by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the min­istry, Mrs. Ifeoma Anag­bogu, while Al­has­san chaired the min­is­te­rial ses­sion.

PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

Gen­eral Man­ager, Mar­ket­ing and Sales, Mul­ti­choice Nige­ria, Martin Mabutho (left); Head, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Caro­line Oghuma; Re­gional Di­rec­tor, West Africa, Africa Magic, Wangi Mba-uzoukuw and Gen­eral Man­ager, Su­per­sports West Africa, Felix Awogu, dur­ing the Africa Magic View­ers Choice Awards (AMVCA) nom­i­nees cock­tail party in La­gos…at the week­end`

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