Government Should Stop Mixing Politics With Security – Expert

Security ConsultantA Security Consultant has given his views on reasons why the military is yet to tackle the Boko Haram Insurgent in Nigeria’s north-east region.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, Mr Richard Amuwa, said that the problem Nigeria has been battling with, for over six years, is politics.

“There is no way you can mix politics with security,” he said.

Answering a question on whether Nigerians has responded properly to solving the problem of insurgency, the Security Consultant said “we have not been able to respond because this kind of insurgency is not fought with ordinary people.”

While talking about the impacts of the 10,000 police officers President Muhammadu Buhari planned to recruit, Mr Amuwa said that the 10,000 is like a drop in the ocean.

“How can 350,000 police officers protect over 170 million Nigerians.”

President Buhari, on August 17, 2015, said that the Federal Government is emplacing appropriate framework that would facilitate the employment of an extra 10, 000 Police officers.

The President also said that government is to establish properly trained and equipped federal anti- terrorism, multi-agency task force that would effectively address the challenges of Boko Haram and any form of insurgency in a sustainable manner.

The Security Consultant, however, gave suggestions on how the police could immensely contribute in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Officers must undergo training, the government should improve the Public Relation sector of the police and the government should leverage on public/private partnership with the police,” he added.

Saraki’s False Asset Declaration Suit Commences

SarakiThe Senate President’s trial for alleged false declaration of his assets when he was Governor of Kwara State has begun at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja.

The Deputy Director in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, M.S.Hassan, filed the charges against Dr. Bukola Saraki on September 11.

The Senate President is facing 13 counts at the CCT.

Lawyer to the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, Mr Joseph Daudu, SAN is challenging the hearing of the suit at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, saying the prosecutor, Mr Mohammed Hassan lacks the locus standi to institute d action in d absence of an Attorney-General of the Federation.

Mr Hassan, a counsel in the office of the A.G.F. disagrees, saying any officer in the office of the AGF can institute a criminal proceeding in the absence of an AGF.

Saraki Advocates Global Effort In Fight Against Terrorism

Bukola-Saraki-Nigeria-Senate-PresidentThe Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has advocated for global effort against terrorism and insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

In an interview with Channels Television on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary meeting in New York, Senator Saraki acknowledged the devastating effect of terrorism across the world, including Nigeria, which has led to the displacement of millions of people.

The Senate President expressed hope that the meeting would highlight the issues of terrorism and insurgency as a global problem, in a bid to double the efforts of finding a lasting solution.

“Terrorism should not be left for individual countries to address. We must see it as a global issue, not even regional. We should not select which part of the world that is more important to us.

“Anywhere that there is terrorism, it should be seen as a global challenge,” Senator Saraki said.

Conflicts in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria to name a few, have led to the displacement of millions of people around the world

Hundreds of migrants have been killed, as they attempted to flee war torn countries seeking asylum in Europe.

At the ongoing fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, the UN Secretary General urged parliamentarians to work for peace in their respective countries.

In Nigeria and surrounding countries, over one million persons have been displaced because of attacks by terrorists notably, the Boko Haram.

In July, UN member states met in Addis Ababa to adopt framework for financing sustainable development.

Earlier this month, member states took a bold step in this direction by concluding Negotiations on an ambitious and sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years.

However Nigeria’s Senate President is of the view that these new goals would not be achieved without the involvement of parliaments.