The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola is optimistic that Nigeria will overcome its current security challenges, describing them as temporary issues which will soon fizzle away.
Aregbesola made the comment on Thursday during the passing out parade for members of the Established Female Squad of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at the Training College of the corps in Katsina State.
“Let me assure Nigerians that our current situation is a temporary phase which will soon pass,” the former Osun State governor said during the event. “President Muhammadu Buhari has given the law enforcement agencies a renewed charge to route all troublemakers and restore peace to every troubled community in Nigeria. We shall not rest or tire until this task is completed.”
A Collaborative Effort
Women are more than half of our population. It makes eminent sense to include them in all aspects of nation building, including security. It has been established also in studies upon studies and by native intelligence that women are more loyal and focused on any assignment than pic.twitter.com/iS6lNBxU0z
— Rauf Aregbesola (@raufaregbesola) May 20, 2021
While calling on Nigerians to assist security agencies in fighting the numerous crimes bedeviling the country, he explained that only a handful of criminals are disturbing the peace of the nation.
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He said without the collaboration of the citizens, security agents will find it daunting in tackling Nigeria’s challenges.
“It is now the bounden duty of the remaining law-abiding citizens to isolate and give up the criminals embedded in our communities for there to be peace,” the minister added.
“These kidnappers, bandits, terrorists, ritual killers, and other criminals are members of our families, walk the same streets, work in the same farms and bushes, and trade in the same markets as we all do.
“It is far easier for security agencies to arrest one member of a family, where the family cooperates with law enforcement agencies than to put families and a section of a community under interdiction.”
Rising Up To The Challenge
The minister also urged security operatives to rise up to the challenges of insecurity facing Nigeria by restrategizing to provide a safer and more secure environment which he says is a necessary ingredient for development.
“This training therefore couldn’t have come at a better time as it provides the Corps personnel with the requisite knowledge and skill required to confront head-on, the security challenges confronting us as a nation,” Aregbesola explained.
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He equally congratulated the selected corps members for being history makers by finishing their training but urged them to distinguish themselves in their duties by ensuring the country benefits from their training.
“They should guard against and extirpate the rising tide of insecurity as well as kidnapping of students for ransom among other challenges,” the 63-year-old charged them.
“While promising that government will continue to do its utmost best to enhance the capacity of the Corps to effectively deliver on its mandate through adequate funding and provision of modern equipment and other logistics, I wish to charge the Corps personnel to imbibe the spirit of patriotism, civility, and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.”