September 26, 2011
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday charged visiting Foreign Defence Attaches and Advisers in the country to lead the frontiers of providing solutions to help the world commonly address the challenges of insecurity so that individual nations can become safer to live in.
The Governor who stated this at Lagos House, Alausa when he received 15 foreign Defence Attaches and Advisers who were led by the Director of foreign Liaison in the Defence Intelligence Agency, Brigadier General L.K.J. Ogunewe on a visit added that at this time, those who hold high offices owe the duty and responsibility to the next generation to bequeath a safer and much more peaceful world devoid of conflict to coming generations.
“Today, whether in Asia, Africa, the Middle East of Europe, I think it is common knowledge that security has become a global challenge that task all of us in the same way because everywhere there is insecurity, it creates a social problem of refugees and migration to other parts of the world.
“In the aftermath of two World Wars and the currency of a recession that has seen nations struggling, I think the least we can afford now is increasing flashpoints of conflicts that make life difficult for the people.
“I hope the training and experience that you have will help in achieving a peaceful society where citizens can go about their legitimate businesses in an environment of peace and harmony. There is too much pain across the world at this time”, the Governor stated.
Governor Fashola said in Lagos, the administration will continue to agitate that military men should rank high in the consideration of government towards ensuring that their rights are protected, their families are catered for and to ensure that their welfare and their continued well being remain priorities for any government of the day.
The Governor who expressed warm delight at the visit, expressed the hope that the meeting will be rewarding and help in forging stronger ties between the countries especially now that globalization is making the world compact.
He emphasized that though democracy has become a global brand, it still has some imperfections which has however not diminished the fact that the military are not programmed for governance.
“Democracy has become a global perfection with some imperfections. Even many of the great democracies of the world have their roots in the military. As we progressed, the society realized that they are not suited for government. Our military formations have more than a passing role to play in the sustenance of democracy”, he said.
Governor Fashola who also gave a brief historical data(background) about Lagos State said it stands on approximately 3775 square kilometres which is about 0.4 percent of the Nigerian land space which makes it the smallest in size but the most populated with 18 million people.
He added that the state is the fifth largest economy on the continent and the only sub-national entity coming after South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and Libya, adding that the challenges of keeping the state growing are enormous.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the team and Director of Foreign Liaison in the Defence Intelligence Agency, Brigadier General L.K.J. Ogunewe said the visit which is a yearly affair is aimed at cementing Nigeria’s foreign relationship especially in the field of defence.
He said the Defence Advisers and Attaches who are 15 in number would be seeking to broaden their knowledge about civil establishments and military installations located in the State, adding that they would be fulfilled, if they have an idea of the workings of a state Government like Lagos which they chose by consensus.
The event was attended by members of the State Executive Council, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Special Duties, Dr Remi Desalu and the Defence Attaches who later presented a souvenir to the Governor.