Insecurity: Strengthen partnership with neighbours – CSOs

Speaking on the development, activist and Founder, Connected Development (CODE), Malam Hamzat Lawal, said that no man or country can survive without help or support from allies.

“I welcome Mr President’s resolve in seeking for help. We must however ensure that this help includes training and equipment. We must learn best practices in gathering critical intelligence to act decisively. The insecurity also affects our neighbours, which we share borders with and it is important we have a unifying strategy in the Sahel,” Lawal said.

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Also, the Executive Director, Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa (PAACA), Mr. Ezenwa Nwagwu, said that it was not the best to seek help from American now, when they were allegedly responsible for the incident in Libya that escalated the insecurity in parts of Africa and Nigeria.

“It is easy to be asking the leaders to seek help. I think asking for help at this time is a sign of weakness. President Buhari should look inward and make the nation’s military and security apparatus to build the intelligence, patriotism and decisiveness in tackling the insecurity in the land,” Nwagwu said. On his part, Executive Director, Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED), Dr Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, said that while it is within the prerogative of the president to request for help from the United States, it is important for the president to understand that the onus lies on him to ensure Nigeria’s security architecture responds adequately to the challenges of insecurity.

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