President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday highlighted efforts he said the Federal Government is making to ensure that Nigeria remains one indivisible country and reiterated his conviction that the country would indeed not be broken by the security challenges being experienced.
The president who spoke in Jos through the Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade said government has developed a blueprint on the fight against terrorism to engender a peace and security in the country.
“The strategy takes cognizance of our strategic and domestic environment , the threats therein and the institutional responsibilities necessary for the achievement of our desired safety,” the president said, adding that the federal government which had been procuring and providing logistic support to intelligence agencies would continue in that direction.
“Let me use this opportunity to commend the security agencies for their efforts so far. They will be encouraged and supported to do more to secure Nigeria. Nigeria will remain a united and indivisible country,” he said.
The occasion was the opening ceremony of a four-day ‘Eminent Persons and Expert Group Meeting on Complex Insurgencies in Nigeria’, holding at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos.
Retired General Joshua Dogonyaro who chaired the occasion said the meeting on complex insurgencies in Nigeria was a good opportunity for the country to move forward.
He urged Nigerians to downplay their religious differences and live as one indivisible people.
The opening ceremony featured a keynote address on ‘Understanding Insurgencies in Nigeria: Nature, Types, Dynamics and the Way Out’. The keynote speaker, Ambassador Dapo Fafowora, described Boko Haram as the consequences of failure of leadership in Northern Nigeria. He charged that the security operatives have so far failed to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency and urged them to do more of intelligence gathering and adopt proactive measures against all insurgents.
Fafowora suggested that greater investment in education, creation of employment opportunities for the teeming youths, sustainable awareness and enlistment programmes, improving security as well as assistance from advanced foreign countries on intelligence gathering and implementation of the Central Bank cashless policy on the affected areas are measures which would go far in curbing insurgency in Nigeria.