VOICE OF NIGERIA
6 August, 2013
The Nigerian government has embarked
on effective patrols of the country’s
borders in collaboration with
neighbouring countries. This is part of strategies being implemented to check the activities of terrorist organisations and insurgents to address security challenges facing the nation.
Presidential spokesperson, Dr. Reuben
Abati told a radio programme in Abuja
that the government had continued to
enlighten and mobilise Nigerians to take issues of security seriously. “The point is that when people are very
sensitive to their own security, it will be
very difficult for insurgents or terrorists
to begin to make life unbearable for
other people,” he noted.
Abati explained that government had also begun to implement long term strategies which involved a critical review of the country’s security architecture, commerce as well as the mopping up of small arms and light weapons to forestall a recurrence of terrorist activities.
Meanwhile, the relative peace witnessed in some troubled Northern states recently have been attributed to the declaration of a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.Abati said the activities of security
agencies in the three states has flushed
out the Boko Haram insurgents and
restored a high level of sanity.
‘‘As part of the long term measures also,
the level of collaboration among our
security and intelligence agencies has
gone up because the whole point is that
the Nigerian government can not allow
anybody to overwhelm the state,” he stressed.
Abati explained that the support given by the citizens of these states to the security agencies, demonstrated the people’s confidence in the measures so far put in place by government, adding that the international criminal Court had accused Boko Haram of committing crimes against humanity.