Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has assured of visible signs of improved security across the country.
Yahaya gave the assurance at the ongoing media workshop organised by the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI), 81 Division officers Mess, outer Marina, Lagos.
The army chief, who was represented by Brigadier General Nasiru Nagidada, the Acting Commander, 81 Division Garrison, said the army is ensuring that elements of subversion, criminals and other enemies of the State do not succeed in destabilising the nation.
The 2021 media workshop themed: “Enhancing Inter-Agency Collaboration in Internal Security Operations: Exploring the Public Relations and Media Perspective,” is aimed at building capacity and collaboration between security agencies and information management for Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR) officers, Commanding Officers (COs), Defence Correspondents and Online Publishers.
Yahaya noted that the ability to surmount security challenges depends solely on mutual support among various security agencies playing their unique roles.
He said: “It is pertinent to note that through effective synergy between the military and other security agencies with media as partners, we have recorded a lot of successes in joint operations. I therefore urged that synergy be aggressively sustained, so that our respective mandate could be holistically dissected to complement.
“Nigerian army is ready to cooperate fully with personnel of other security agencies. To this end I charge officers and soldiers to be disciplined, dedicated and toshun any act of cowardice.”
In his opening speech, the Acting Commandant, Nigerian NASPRI, Colonel Aliyu Yusuf, regretted inter-agency rivalry, saying it would only culminate into increased public apathy or diminished public trust in security agencies.
He said: “The fact that our nation is faced with numerous and complex security challenges, ranging from terrorism, agitations, insurgency, kidnap for ransom, violent protests, armed robberies, human and drug trafficking, it behooves on relevant security agencies whose responsibilities is to confront these challenges to work in harmony, while tackling the challenges.”
He added that the frequent engagement in internal security operations has exposed the Nigerian Army to operational involvement with other sister agencies, stressing that the workshop would serve as a platform for cross-fertilization of ideas on best ways to create common synergy among security agencies.