The National Security Council is working on new strategies to reduce the worsening insecurity in the country as it has observed that Nigerians are fatigued and gravitating towards self-help.
National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), disclosed this to State House correspondents on Thursday after the Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.
According to him, the country was in a difficult situation, saying that the president was also aware of the concerns of the people over the growing insecurity.
He revealed that the Security Council has agreed on new strategies to reduce the threat, ensuring that there will be a new impetus against terrorism.
The NSA also revealed that the Council is in the process of closing a special investigation into the attack on the Kuje Correctional Center with a view to holding those found negligent accountable for their actions.
He urged the media to be cautious in what they publish about terrorists, calling for the consequences of such material to be taken into account.
He said that “today’s meeting was convened by the President, following the meeting that took place last week to discuss technical issues and the tasks assigned to the various security agencies.
“The meeting deliberated on all these matters, after the brief of the national security adviser, which is generally the procedure. Again, the council dim necessary to inform the general public, that the fight against this type of conflict asymmetric is a collective effort.
“This is not something that should be restricted to security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies alone. When we keep saying a whole-of-society approach, a whole-of-government approach, to get a pan-Canadian approach, that means everyone has to be part of this endeavor.
“The truth is that no country can ever overcome the difficulties of an asymmetric conflict due to the fact that the enemy of the state is embedded in the population within the wider society.
“It’s true that the locals are reluctant, they’re scared, they’re worried and there’s no trust. It’s understandable. But without their support, without cooperation in terms of transmitting information, it makes the task very difficult for the operational elements
“A few days ago, the Guards Brigade troops were ambushed and decimated. If there had been a collective effort through mere snippets of information, we might have avoided this incident, that does not mean that the blame lies with those outside the security realm. It is a collective responsibility.
“Furthermore, the Council is also concerned about the nature of the incidents reported by the media regarding insecurity.
“It is important for the media to understand that certain reports generated by the media, either the way, the way they report, can also make this delicate situation worse.
“The Council therefore urges the media to be very careful in what they report, anything that comes out in the public space can have a debilitating effect on the population.
“Similarly, the political elite are also asked to consider the consequences of speech, especially people who have established a reputation, people seen as opinion leaders, people seen as having some influence in the company no matter what. outside, can be detrimental, not just to the government, if that is the intention, which I doubt may not be a deliberate thing, but ultimately it will affect society at large.
“We are in a very difficult situation. And the Council understands. Mr. President understands the concerns of the population in the face of growing insecurity.
“But I can assure you there’s no simple, neat way to handle this thing unless we all hug.
“I know people are tired, people are tired, people are starting to gravitate to other places to help each other. The truth is that help is rooted in everyone working for the other person.
“Once again, members of the Armed Forces have also made a commitment that in the coming weeks they have already started working on a new strategy to deal with these bits of violence.
“And they gave their word, their commitment to the president, that there will be a change in momentum, regardless of the fact that there might be certain institutional limitations that they face. But they have understood the enormity of the responsibilities incumbent upon them.
“Once again, the Council is in the process of disbanding the special commission of inquiry into the Kuje incident. And the idea is to come up with recommendations, to hold those who are supposed to be held accountable for their actions and to ensure that this kind of thing never happens again in this country,” the NSA added.