During the press briefing, the military boss addressed a lot of issues relating to security of the country. These are some of the issues addressed by the CDS.
1. General Irabor said the military is only one part of the overall national security system. There are several players, each with a different role to play. The military's responsibility in areas of internal security is to assist civil authorities.
2. He said that to better handle existing and potential security concerns, the military is increasing its presence and operations across the country.
3. In the war against terrorism, banditry, and criminality, the military continues to have significant victories. Azonto, a criminal overlord in Benue, was apprehended in September 2021, the military boss confirmed.
4. The CDS also announced the death of ISWAP leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi. In recent weeks, tens of thousands of Boko Haram militants and their families have surrendered to the Nigerian military, along with over 600 bandits.
5. More than 13,000 repentant Boko Haram militants and their families have so far surrendered to the Nigerian military in various regions of Borno State, according to General Irabor. Children are said to make up about half of this total. Hundreds of infamous bandits and their accomplices have also been apprehended, particularly in Zamfara State.
6. The Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) aspect of these mass surrenders poses a challenge, namely how to demobilize these surrendering combatants and reintegrate them and their families back into society while ensuring justice and security are not jeopardised. Operation Safe Corridor was established by the Nigerian Armed Forces a few years ago to handle this, in line with global best practices.
7. As part of President Buhari's national security agenda, the Nigerian military is conducting a large re-equipment program. On September 28, 2021, the second batch of six A29 Super Tucano fighter aircraft arrived in the country. These hardware advancements are also beneficial to the Army and Navy (described as the most extensive the Nigerian Armed Forces have enjoyed in decades).
8. In Nigeria, civil-military cooperation is critical in combating insecurity. The only way to solve insecurity is for kinetic military action to be used. As part of the efforts to establish enduring peace and security across the country, continuing meetings with various stakeholders, including state governors, are taking place.
9. Insecurity has distinct contexts and manifestations in different sections of the country. Despite the fact that certain aspects are shared by all manifestations, each one has its own unique qualities. As a result, the various responses/approaches in different sections of the country should not be compared; each is adapted to its own unique situation.
10. President Muhammadu Buhari has just established a National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) to combat the threat of illegal weapons in Nigeria by controlling, preventing, and regulating them. Given the significance that these weapons transfers have in aggravating the country's instability.
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