By Daniels Nwokike, The Sight News
ABUJA-The 32nd President of the United States of America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence…” and Robbie Sinclair added that “Security is always excessive until it’s not enough.”
According to the oxford Dictionary, Security can be defined as the state of being free from danger or threat.
Nigeria as a country has been known to be struggling with its National Security for almost a decade since militancy, insurgency and the first bomb explosion occurred near the Eagle square on 1st October, 2010 in Abuja during Nigeria’s 50th anniversary and golden jubilee.
National security, according to Wikipedia, refers to the security of a nation state, including its citizens, economy, and institutions, and is regarded as a duty of government. It comprises of economic security, energy security, environmental security, food security, cyber security etc, and governments rely on a range of measures, including political, economic, and military power, as well as diplomacy to enforce national security.
It is on this backdrop that Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters (DHQ) have called on all Nigerians home and abroad to rise up to these menacing security challenges which have been bedeviling the country to help in fighting the monster to a standstill as the issue of National security cannot be achieved with military might alone.
The Director Defence Information (DDI) Brig. Gen. John Agim who made this call in a media conference with Defence Correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja, said that with the way the country is structured and the personnel at the military’s disposal, it will be practically impossible to have military units positioned to every nook and crannies of the country.
He discouraged the laid back attitude of some Nigerians to security issues who think that insurgents and criminals are only fighting the military and not the country, adding that these criminals have been attacking villages, places of worship, government and private installations as well as banks and not military formations and facilities alone but the entire country.
“Before now, it has always been made to look as if it is the military that is fighting Boko Haram. The media as well don’t make it look like it is Nigeria that is fighting Boko Haram. We must change the narrative. Let the discussion change because there is no country called the Military but Nigeria”, he quipped.
While noting that civil authorities such as community chiefs and local government area chairmen as well as state governors are often instrument to the success of internal security operations, he expressed dismay over the activities of some Civil authorities in Taraba state during the Ayem Akpatuma exercise who did not accord the military the desired cooperation.
According to him; For instance, the Chairman of Takum Local Government Area in Taraba state did not cooperate with 93 Battalion but instead portrayed the military in bad light to the locals.
“His actions before and during Exercise Ayem Akpatuma were clearly anti-military and he invited his people on many occasions to resist and confront the military” he stressed.
Agim however cautioned the country’s politicians who play politics with everything just to achieve their goal to desist from playing politics with the country’s National Security as it is too delicate a thing to play politics with.
He likened the situation as playing with wild fire which could engulf and consume everyone including the person that ignited the fire.
“Politicians don’t have limits to what they do to win elections but we need to educate them that you don’t do that with security issues. You don’t play politics with lives and you don’t play politics with the military.
“The morale of the military have been dampened severally by the actions and utterances of some politicians because of their personal interests. You don’t talk down on the military as there is no alternative to the Nigerian military”, he said.
Speaking on the activities of the Armed Forces around the country, he noted that everything is being done for states like Benue and Taraba to return to normalcy.