10 April, 2014
The Nigerian military and paramilitary are set to join forces to fight insecurity,particularly that posed by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The commandant, Armed Forces
Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Air Vice Marshal John Chris Ifemeje disclosed this yesterday while declaring open an exercise tagged “Haske Biyu 2014” at the Jaji Military
AVM Ifemeje stated that the exercise was designed to forge a durable relationship among all the stakeholders and to identify workable strategies and operational concepts towards improving the security of the
nation, particularly with regards
to the menace of Boko Haram.
The commandant who described
“Haske Biyu” as apt and timely said the exercise was to broaden participants’ knowledge and
understanding of military operations other than war with emphasis on internal security and counter insurgency operations.
According to him, “It will provide a platform for the cross-fertilisation of ideas thereby allowing all stakeholders of the national security architecture to cooperate and collaborate for the development of sustainable conflict resolution and
“Thus the relevance of an exercise such as Haske Biyu, which engages all the security agencies, the media and other stakeholders in the business of
security cannot be over emphasized,” AVM Ifemeje stated.
Earlier in his welcome address,
Director, Department of Joint Studies, Brigadier General Benjamin Ahanotu said the exercise was borne out of the
changing nature of the security threats in the country adding that a multi-agency approach would work in the fight against insurgency.