President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday tasked the Nigerian Army to evolve new strategies that would address the security challenges facing the country before the entire nation is completely wiped out from the comity of nations.
Declaring open this year’s Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Asaba, President Jonathan said it is up to the Nigerian Army to intensify efforts and work closely with other security agencies in the fight to defeat terrorism so that its threat would be a thing of the past.
The president asserted that an integral approach involving all the security agencies is crucial in effectively combating the threat, obviously to create a “salubrious ground for economic activities to thrive”, particularly in the affected areas of the country.
Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika said the military and the police personnel had agreed to work together to deal with terrorism and other related internal security challenges in the country.
Ihejirika said the army has increased the tempo of internal security operations with other relevant security agencies to deal with the situation on ground, stressing the need for government to be supportive of the training and retraining of army personnel to be equipped with knowledge to carry out its professional assignments with a view to meeting the transformation drive.
Also speaking, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State said it is on record that the army conference was to prepare the military to respond to all forms of emergency whether internally or externally.