Nigerian security forces will no longer take lightly to any one or group that threatened peace and national stability.
The Federal Government has ordered all the security agencies in the country to crush and deter all crises that have the potential to breach the peace and stability of the country. The government noted that its first priority is to ensure the security of lives and property of the citizenry.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, the Minister of Defence charged the security agencies to ensure that all socio-economic activities in the country continued to thrive without any hindrance from criminal elements and terrorists.
The minister who spoke at a seminar on ‘Media Management in Crisis Situation’ for Information Officers of the Military, Security and Response Agencies. The seminar was organised by the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) with support from the Defence Headquarters DHQ and the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP).
According to the minister, “all security agencies in Nigeria have been called upon to crush and deter the threats of crisis and conflicts that have potential to disrupt peace and security of our country.
“Our security and response agencies are constantly engaged in the essential tasks required for meeting the internal security objectives of ensuring safety and security of Nigeria’s territorial integrity, its population and all the critical infrastructures. Our government will not relent in this primary objective,” he said.
He noted that the government would continue to acknowledge the sustained efforts of the security despite the challenges continued to mitigate the challenges and consequences of violent eruptions and crisis across the country.
He pledged government’s continued support for all the agencies particularly those battling insurgency in the North East so that they can effectively deliver on their mandate.
The minister also charged information officers of the various agencies to be cautious of how they handled the information at their disposal.
“You have the responsibility to manage sensitive information at your disposal with all sense of patriotism and to relate with media and the general public with utmost sense of professionalism taking into cognisance the importance of our cherished national interest and national security”, he warned.
He commended the CCC for its contribution to national security and charged other organisations to emulate such laudable initiative.