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Increasing security threats dangerous for Nigeria’s future – General Tarfa

By Matthew Ogune, Abuja
11 December 2021   |   2:56 am
Retired, Nigerian Army Major General, Paul Tarfa has warned the Federal Government about the dangers associated with the prevalence of security threats in the country.

Retired, Nigerian Army Major General, Paul Tarfa has warned the Federal Government about the dangers associated with the prevalence of security threats in the country.

According to him, threats like the Boko Haram in the Northeast, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Southeast and the Banditry in the Northwest have assumed complex multi-faceted dimensions ranging from terrorism, insurgency, robbery, armed banditry, kidnapping and other sundry vices.

Tarfa, who gave this warning yesterday in Abuja at the national summit on non-kinetic approaches to insecurity and inter-agency collaboration, championed by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office said the country must promote both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches as well as institutional response in addressing the prevailing security threats in Nigeria.

The retired army suggested that the government could consider diplomacy, development, moral suasion, deradicalisation and peacebuilding as non-Kinetic approaches towards combating security threats in the country.

Tarfa, who regretted that the prevailing security threats in Nigeria have continued to undermine the rule of law and good governance, maintained that the development was also threatening national security and the socio-economic development of the country.

He stressed the importance of engaging traditional institutions, religious leaders, academia, community and opinion leaders towards sustainable peace and development.

“It is necessary to understand to what extent they could be driven by proactive, pre-conflict and post-conflict resolutions as opposed to ad-hoc strategies,” Tarfa added.

According to him, the essence of the summit was to introduce a convivial and relaxed setting, designed to encourage security stakeholders, opinion leaders, and leaders of strategic professional groups, to fraternise and challenge the tendency towards more violence in the country and chart an appropriate path towards sustainable peace and development.

On his part, the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari explained that creating genuinely effective interagency cooperation structures has allowed the UK to respond more effectively to emerging threats and to bring a whole of government response to tackling terrorist threats in the UK.

According to Abari, peace and stability are achievable when the drivers of insecurity are well understood, and efforts are made to address them, adding that the use of a securitised response is only part of the solution and inadequate in dealing with the rising security.