Experts seek reform of national security policy, strategy
Security experts have urged the Federal Government to review the nation’s security policy and strategy to mitigate various threats and challenges against its survival.
According to them, the national counter-terrorism policy of Nigeria needs to be rejigged, make proactive to ‘detect, deter and respond’ to emerging security risks rather than being reactive in nature.
They spoke yesterday at a security and exhibits conference organised by the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON) in Lagos.
A former GOC 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Ohis Ejemai, said the essence of security strategy is for policy-makers to use it as a proactive measure to solve security crisis, engender a peaceful community and attract foreign investment into the country.
President of AISSON, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, who spoke on “Boko Haram/ISWA threats, combating a burgeoning,” stated that creative solutions are urgently needed to resolve insurgency in the North-East.
Also, chairman of the occasion and former Commandant of the National Defence College, Abuja, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade (rtd), stressed that providing peace and security is the most crucial function of any government and that without it, there won’t be progress and development.
He, therefore, charged Nigerians to improve on situational awareness of their surroundings at all times while there should be a strategic alliance of stakeholders, including security forces, private security and communities on how to combat crimes, violence during elections as well as terrorism.
He described the conference as apt and relevant to the state of affairs in Nigeria and tasked participants to come up with workable options to reduce the challenge.