Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Mr Mohammed Dan-Ali, says lack of synergy between his ministry and the armed forces has hampered the efficient management of the nation’s military.
Mr Dan-Ali made the observation on Tuesday at a lecture on Defence Management at the National Defence College in Abuja.
The Minister said it was imperative to introduce a reform and integration of both the military and civil component of the country’s defence system to bring about an effectiveness that is consistent with global best practices.
Of concern to the Minister is the lack of synergy between the civil and military components of Nigeria’s defence system, which, according to him, has to change for the country to be more efficient in handling its security challenges.
This belief was also shared by the Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade.
Despite this identified gap between the ministry and the military, the present administration prides itself on having a better relationship with the military.
Nigeria is presently tackling Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast and resurgence of militant activities in the south-south region of the nation, where the nation’s oil wealth lies.
Nigeria’s crude oil exploration has dropped to bellow one million barrels per day, as a result of attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region by a group that calls itself the ‘Niger Delta Avengers’. The group is seeking the independence of the region.
The group on Monday put forward conditions for negotiation with the Federal Government of Nigeria in order to end the attacks.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Imo State Chapter, has condemned the activities of herdsmen in the south-east, with special reference to their alleged killings and burning of several churches in Enugu State.
The Association in a peaceful protest to the Government House in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, carried placards with various inscriptions also kicked against the proposed National grazing bill by the National Assembly.
Leading the protest, the Imo State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Stafford Nwogu, called on the Federal Government to immediately caution the herdsmen in the south-east to prevent any reprisal attack.
The Christian association further called on the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to liaise with the Federal Government to end the incessant killing of innocent people by the herdsmen while discarding the proposed national grazing bill.
They claimed that the bill would create room for crises in the polity of the Nation.
Addressing the protesters, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, applauded the association for expressing their fundamental human rights through the peaceful protest.
He assured them that the Federal government was working tirelessly to cub any further attacked by the herdsmen.
Mr Madumere reminded them that the Imo State Governor, his counterparts in the south-east and the All Progressives Congress had met to also support the Federal Government in finding a lasting solution to the ugly menace and bringing the perpetrators to book.
The Nigerian Navy says new strategies have been put in place to combat the challenges of local and international crude oil theft, drug trafficking, gun running, illegal migration and terrorism.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Friday, ahead of the 2015 Nigerian Navy Retreat, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Johnson Olutoyin, said the Nigerian maritime environment and the entire Gulf of Guinea region were witnessing complex security challenges.
He reaffirmed the Navy’s resolve to tackle the contemporary and emerging security challenges bedeviling the nation.
To deepen efforts to end maritime challenges, the Navy has also entered into a partnership with the Nigerian Customs Service in the area of maritime security and exchange of information that will help in improving Nigeria’s economy.