Many of us have some aspirations and wishes for our country that we desire to fulfill and some changes to bring about, but we feel that we have little say in getting those things done. This is because of our limited power as citizens of the country.
Each of us has our rights and responsibilities as citizens of the country which we ought to remember and abide by. But privileges and power to bring amendments to the policies and laws in the country are held with the higher authorities like the President.
There are many security problems that afflict our country today. Bandits and Boko haram insurgents have become sovereigns in some towns in the Northeast and the Northwest, where the rule of guns has replaced the rule of law. They do unleash terror on innocent people, killing them and taking others hostage in the process.
In addition to the security problems caused by bandits and Boko Haram insurgents, the resurgence of clamour for self-determination by some Yoruba groups and IPOB is unsettling and disquieting.These have all made one to wonder what will become of the country in 5 years. Some have predicted a division in the country.
Most of these problems require strict laws by the governance to bring about a considerable change. If I were the President of the country, below are some strategic security measures i would have taken.
The first would be to cease all talks of dialogue with terrorists. The mere "insinuation" of talks is bound to motivate the terrorists to kill more civilians to force your hand into caving in to their demands.
Secondly, I'd order a complete shutdown of our land and air border with Chad and Niger and deploy thousands of troops to all known smuggling route backed by drones. I wll threaten to cut off economic ties with countries that act as transit for smugglers until they go hard on the traffickers.
Thirdly, Intelligence gathering will take precedence over creating super camps as stationary targets for the enemy. Resources will be deployed to pin point the location of militants and devise a strategy to go on the offensive. It wont be easy. In response they will go after more soft targets and try to turn public opinion against the military.
Lastly, I would modernize security agencies with training, intelligence sharing, advanced technology, logistics, motivation and change of orientation. This effort will enhance the operational capabilities of the Nigeria security agencies by identifying avenues that would enable them respond appropriately to internal security challenges and other threats. In addition, there would be a complete overhaul of the security institutions in the country to reflect international standards of best practices so as to pre-empt these security breaches. In particular, the failure of the intelligence services to contain the recurring security breaches.
Security is key, it is the bedrock of a developed economy, it is impossible to separate a developed country from a good security system. With mentioned strategies, we believe our communities can be safer and effectively make the country a safe place for businesses to thrive and development to take place.
We must take decisive action as a government and member of our respective communities, security is everyone’s business, there is the part of the government and other security parastatals, then the part of the people.
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