On Wednesday, Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, revealed what the federal government is doing to combat insecurity in the country.
When receiving the Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Adeola Ajakaiye, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Osinbajo stated this.
In a statement headlined, “What we are now doing to strengthen security, by Osinbajo,” Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, revealed this.
When speaking about the effort to combat insecurity, the Vice President said the supplementary budget sent to the National Assembly on enhancing the military and other security agencies’ capacity is part of the Buhari administration’s concerted efforts to beef up its response to the country’s security challenges.
Traditional authorities, local and state governments, and the federal government, according to Osinbajo, must work together to combat insecurity.
He said, “The President has recently constituted a committee that will look at the whole security infrastructure with a view to looking at the needs of the military, as well as the police and security agencies.”
“The result of that is a bill before the National Assembly, a supplementary bill. The purpose of that bill is to present some of the needs of the military, as well as of security agencies in order to be able to beef up our response to the security challenges.”
“We have to keep looking at how to support our (security) services to ensure that our country is safe. I can assure you that soon, the issue of insecurity will be a thing of the past and that we will all live in peace and prosperity in this country.”
Osinbajo said, “There is no question at all that, at the level of community, we need to take decisive action, because most of these things occur at our community level.”
“And I’m very happy to hear that you have a committee organised for the purpose of this (tackling insecurity) and that you’ve been able to contain the menace that we see in different parts of the country in your community.”
“Any country with this number of security challenges must respond as robustly as possible.”
“But it is also important to bear in mind that it takes a combined effort of all of us, at the local government level, state and federal levels; all of the levels; we need to come together to tackle this issue of insecurity.”
He further stated that the Federal Government will provide support for communities to tackle security challenges in the country.
Oba Ajakaiye while speaking commended the VP for listening to their demands and supporting the establishment of a Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences in the community.
“We want to assure you that we are very much in support of you. From our own end, we are doing a lot to ensure that the menace of insecurity will not remain in our domain,” he said.