The immediate past Military Adviser to
the United Nations Secretary General,
Gen. Chikadibia Obiakor(rtd) has called on the federal government to establish a
coordinating Ministry that would be solely responsible for the assessment and management of internal security,
emergency and disaster situations in the country.
In a chat with LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, Gen
Obiakor said that, “corruption among
security operatives has made the
combating of crime difficult thereby
impacting negatively on security
investigations. This problem is compounded by absence of accurate
statistics for security planning purposes,
resulting in under policing of communities. “I am calling on the federal government to establish a coordinating ministry that would be solely responsible for the assessment and management of internal security, emergency and situation in Nigeria.
According to him, “the Nigerian
government should supply the security
agencies with modern equipment and
train them on counter-terrorism including methods of nipping terrorist plots in the bud. He lamented that unregulated cyber activities as well as ill-equipped and corrupt security operatives has remained a daunting factor behind the series of security challenges experienced in Nigeria.
While calling on the federal government
to set up an agency for investigation of
cybercrimes so that culprits could be
tracked using their virtual footprints, he
noted that it was the responsibility of the government supported by its citizenry to provide security by ensuring an enabling environment for growth and development of the nation.
On the emergency and disaster challenges in Nigeria, he enjoined the federal government to further establish more early warning systems to address natural disasters as well as more centers to cater for disaster victims. “Lack of coordination and planning,
limited infrastructure, communication
breakdown has been the major
challenges faced in managing emergency and disaster situation in the country. So the government must establish more early warning systems for natural disasters and more centres to cater for disaster victims when it occurs.