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Nyiam offers path to Nigeria’s security challenges


Col. Tony Nyiam

The most senior officer in the Gideon Orkah military coup of 1990, Col. Tony Nyiam (rtd), has stressed the need for an internal security strategy to contain enemies within the Nigerian territory.

Such security strategy, he noted, would also tackle foreign invaders such as the military armed transnational Bororo Fulani militia, who are invading farming communities in the North.

The retired military colonel and a delegate to the 2014 National Conference gave the charge while responding to the recent call by the National Assembly to fill the gaps in the country’s national security architecture.

Nyiam also suggested the need for across the board fourfold expansion of armed forces, police and other national security agencies personnel strength, as well as the need for an independent Nigerian National Security Think Tank.

He added that resource persons to the presidency should be added to the security apparatus in addressing immediate security threats, as well as initiate and advise the President on medium to long- term solutions to the security challenges.


He pointed out that there was the need for the United States (U.S) National Guard, which in the Nigerian context could be known as, for example Katsina State Guard, saying the state guards should be armed up to small arms level.

Nyiam said there should be a National Guard with heavier arms at the national level so that with the consent of the National Assembly, the President could direct it to reinforce a challenged state guard.

“This will complement the existing good structure for defense against external threats known technically as the Armed Forces’ Order of Battle (ORBAT).”

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