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Insecurity now business in Nigeria–CDS

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By Abraham Adekunle

Defense chief highlights challenges in combating insecurity in the country.

General Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff in Nigeria, has made a frank confession regarding the difficulties that the military encounters in its endeavor to combat insecurity within the country. During his appearance on Channels Television, General Musa provided valuable insights into the ever-evolving dynamics of the Boko Haram conflict, uncovering its shift from an ideological battle to a prosperous economic venture for numerous entities. Originally grounded in ideology, the Boko Haram conflict has undergone a remarkable transformation and now thrives on economic incentives.

Recently, General Musa highlighted that the group has evolved into a flourishing enterprise, propelled by substantial financial profits gained through illegal operations, including kidnappings, abductions, and various other criminal pursuits. The infusion of economic aspects, in conjunction with financial assistance from supporters, presents a significant hurdle in the path towards eradicating this menace. General Musa emphasized the gradual nature of our progress since we confront individuals who greatly profit from their actions. In the interview, he underscored the economic allure that attracts a considerable portion of Nigerians towards these illicit activities, primarily due to the substantial financial gains they offer.

Armed forces are devoted to using advanced technology.

As well, the general highlighted the significance of Nigerians assuming responsibility for the difficulties and abstaining from extending assistance to wrongdoers. He stressed the armed forces’ devotion to employing advanced technology to confront insecurity throughout the nation. The recognition of the economic foundations of the dispute introduces a new level of intricacy to Nigeria’s persisting security predicament. General Musa’s plea for joint liability and the armed forces’ utilization of advanced technology exhibit a versatile strategy that seeks to tackle the diverse complexities posed by insecurity in the area.

Meanwhile, the pervasive insecurity in Nigeria continues to raise alarms, with no signs of improvement on the horizon. Incidents of kidnapping for ransom and killings are rampant, heightening concerns about the safety of citizens. A recent incident, the abduction of eight Akwa Ibom corps members en route to Sokoto State for the national youth service programme, has intensified national apprehension. The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is grappling with unprecedented challenges, necessitating urgent restructuring to align with its original ideals. Established in 1973 during the post-civil war era, the NYSC aimed to foster national unity and cultural assimilation. However, recent events have cast doubt on the scheme’s continued relevance and effectiveness.

Vulnerability of youth corps members in Nigeria.

Unlike other government agencies, the NYSC’s core function involves posting young graduates to their places of primary assignment. However, it appears the scheme has outlived its usefulness, facing a risk of losing its values and character. The evolving security landscape, marked by incidents like the kidnapping of Akwa Ibom corps members, underscores the urgent need for a reassessment. The plight of the abducted Akwa Ibom corps members, kidnapped in Zamfara State four months ago, remains a cause for concern. Despite reported ransom payments, they are still in captivity. The apparent vulnerability of corps members, especially those from less affluent backgrounds, raises questions about the scheme’s ability to ensure the safety of participants.

The issue extends beyond kidnappings, as corps members traveling for the programme have been victims of fatal accidents. Cross River State, for instance, has witnessed over 65 kidnapping incidents, resulting in more than 20 deaths between January 2020 and September 2023, according to the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives. The silence from the Akwa Ibom State government since the abduction in August is noticeable, as is the limited information from security agencies regarding the well-being and whereabouts of the kidnapped corps members. Calls for federal intervention from various groups, journalists, and NGOs have yet to yield positive results.

Critics have proposed scrapping the NYSC scheme.

Some have suggested drastic measures, including scrapping the NYSC if the safety of prospective corps members cannot be guaranteed. Alternately, restructuring the scheme to allow corps members to serve within their geographical regions has been proposed. Questions are also raised about the continued necessity of the NYSC, given the abundance of higher education institutions across the country. While the NYSC provides temporary employment, its current state calls for a comprehensive overhaul and an amendment to the establishing Act to better serve the interests of Nigerians. The tragic plight of the eight kidnapped Akwa Ibom corps members underscores the urgent need for decisive action and reform within the NYSC to prevent further incidents and secure the safety of participants.


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AN-Toni
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2 months ago

Insecurity now business in Nigeria–CDS. – Defense chief highlights challenges in combating insecurity in the country. – Express your point of view.

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

Nigerian company is currently plagued by insecurity—CDS. The head of defense outlines the difficulties in battling national instability. In Nigeria, insecurity is become a profitable industry. This is due to the refusal to remove these people, which has led to unrest. All I can hope is that the head of defense and other chiefs of security would try to find an early solution to this mess.

Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

That insecurity in Nigeria has turned into a business is incredibly depressing to hear. In order to address the underlying causes of insecurity, the government must act decisively and give top priority to the security and welfare of its people. insecurity have been facing our country for a long time we should make should our country is secure for things can progress in our country

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

I completely agree with the Defense Chief’s statement that insecurity has become a business in Nigeria. It’s disheartening to see the challenges we face in combating insecurity in our country. It’s crucial for the government and security agencies to work together to address this issue and ensure the safety and well-being of all Nigerians.
Insecurity not only affects individuals and communities but also hampers economic growth and development. It’s important to tackle the root causes of insecurity, such as poverty, unemployment, and social inequality. By addressing these underlying issues, we can create a more stable and secure environment for everyone.
We need a multi-faceted approach that involves strengthening security forces, improving intelligence gathering, and enhancing collaboration between different agencies. Additionally, investing in education, job creation, and social programs can help provide opportunities for the youth and reduce the appeal of criminal activities.
It’s a complex challenge, but with concerted efforts and a long-term commitment, we can overcome this issue and create a safer Nigeria for all. We all have a role to play in promoting peace and security in our communities.