President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, said that the federal government has stepped up efforts at ensuring the safety of Nigerians and foreigners alike in response to the current security challenge facing the country.
The President stated this at the launch of a book titled, “Overcoming Security Challenges”, written by former Inspector General of Police (IG), Mike Okiro.
He disclosed that to ensure the safety of all Nigerians and non Nigerians alike, government was already collaborating with the international community to overcome the new trend of terrorism in the country.
Represented by the Special Adviser on Project Monitoring, Mr. Sylvester Monye at the occasion, Jonathan noted that the issue of security had taken the front stage in recent time adding, “Apart from internal measures being taken to overcome the new trend of terrorism, we are also cooperating with the international community to put an end to the mindless recourse to violence embarked upon by a misguided few”.
“I assure you that the Government will not rest until the negative elements are defeated. What binds us together is our destiny as nationals of one indivisible country,’’ he said.
President Jonathan recommended the book to all saying that no responsible government would disregard sound advice on security most especially when such advice was coming from one its former security chiefs.
He further said that book would complete efforts at finding last solution to the current challenge and ensuring the safety of the citizens.
National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamaga Tukur, who chaired the occasion, urged Nigerians to support government’s efforts at finding lasting solution to the current challenge.
According to him, government alone cannot fight terrorism as security is a collaborative responsibility.
“Let me use this medium to call on Nigerians irrespective of their political or religious persuasions to emulate the author, to join hands with Government to find solution to the scourge of terrorism ravaging us as a nation.
“If you desire to sleep with your eyes closed, all hands must be on deck in the efforts to find solution to the current security challenges”, he said.
Sir Mike Okiro had earlier noted that the present security situation in the country whereby innocent people were hacked down at the snap of a finger prompted him to write the book.
Okiro also said that as former crime officer, he wrote the book to bequeath some of his experiences to the society as contribution to the efforts to save life and property.
According to the former IG, “The fear and knowledge of the existence of terrorists and criminals in our society today has made it more imperative for everyone to seek knowledge on security to stay alive and be useful.
“You need to be in tune with the rubrics of crime prevention and control through proper understanding of the role of the law enforcement agents as well the minimal effort required of the individual to secure his life and property,” he said.
Over N50million was realized from the launch of the book which attracted dignitaries including four former Inspectors General of Police, a representatives of the Chief of Naval Staff, Chief Edwin Clark and representatives of the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.