Concerns of safety raised as the general election draws near.
Nigeria is currently being devastated by recurrent insecurity threats such as terrorism, civil unrests, kidnapping and even a maritime crisis. As a result of this increased risk, governments of many countries have issued warnings to their citizens against traveling to Nigeria. Numerous reports over the last months have punctuated the continued growth in the rate of insecurity across the country and despite the consistent assurances from the Federal Government as to curbing this menace, there has been a significant prevalence in this problem.
As the general election approaches, there has been raised concerns as to the general safety of all citizens in the country. The Nigerian army, responding to these concerns, have promised the safety of Nigerians, noting that with the help of the Federal Government, immense modalities had been put in place to ensure the safety of all Nigerians. The Commander 9 Brigade of the Ikeja Cantonment, Brigadier-General Isangubong Akpaumontia, accentuated this assurance during the delivery of a lecture, “The Military and Leadership: Lessons for a Growing Democracy”, at a Town and Gown seminar that was organized by the Faculty of Leadership and Development Study, Covenant University, Otta, Ogun State.
Exercise Still Waters, to be conducted for safe electioneering process.
The Brigadier-General disclosed that numerous measures were being established to protect the lives and properties of all citizens. He said one of the operations being conducted was the recently launched Exercise Still Waters, aimed at the protection of Nigerians during the election. He noted that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya was also committed with continuing efforts to curb insecurity, especially in the northern part of the country. He noted that whilst there was much to be done, the improvement in these terrorism-ravaged communities had been evident.
Brig. Gen. Akpaumontia was also quick to remind the audience which comprised of students and lecturers of the faculty that the Nigerian army was in no position whatsoever to involve itself in the process of changing the government in the country. Whilst there has been recurring coup within African countries recently, there has also been many rumors around as regards the place of the army in influencing the forthcoming election. The Brigadier-General however assured that the Nigerian army was only invested in a prevailing rule of law.
Politicians urged to learn commitment and national outlook from military.
Further on the impending election, Brig. Gen. Akpaumontia again stated that the only change that was to be witnessed was that of the votes of citizens in polling booths and not with barrels of guns. Brig. Gen. Akpaumontia noted that in accordance with the country’s constitution, the electioneering process was heavily dependent on the voting decision of the masses and thus, the military had no affair interfering in the electioneering process of the country.
He however advised that everyone learns from the military. He pointed out that values like commitment and national outlook were major human values that the politicians in the country could learn to enact. Whilst giving a historical background of the Nigerian military emergence, he tried to critically explain the military leadership, as well as military in politics and the dilemma of Nigeria’s democracy. He also suggested varying solutions for democratic leaders for the socioeconomic and security improvement of the country.
Leadership, a cumulative process to be played across the table.
Also, Professor Charles Obulugo, Dean of the College of Leadership noted that leadership was taught with the understanding that the subject is not isolatory but immensely cumulative, as well as a game to be played across table. He further noted that this subject of leadership was cut across all sectors in the country. Appreciating the presence of the Brigadier-General, Professor Charles stated that they had the opportunity to be graced by the number one person in Lagos and this was evidently an extension of the faculty’s leadership mandate.
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All this promises will they be fulfilled protecting citizens with all things going on around in the country,they can’t do more than themselves,this government are just been wicked and insensitive to the problems of insecurities.
Safety of life and properties in one of the fundamental human right and which is the first responsibility of any sincere government that cares about it citizen.The Nigeria army should do there work.
That is how they have been saying. A lot of people have lost their lives to insurgency and nothing has been done. How has the Army retaliated or reacted to it. We need to get more recruits in our army personnel and equip them better.
Nigerian Army guarantees safety of Nigerians for 2023 general election . Na so una dey talk Everytime, all this empty promise when you government and so called soilders that are not sincere to the country. Abeg make una keep una promise ooo.
Nigeria is currently reeling from the devastation caused by recurrent threats to national security and even a maritime crisis and this is all bad
As a direct response to this elevated level of danger, the governments of a great number of nations have cautioned their respective populations against traveling to Nigeria.
There has been a huge increase in the incidence of this problem, despite the fact that the Federal Government has provided continuous pledges that it will curtail this evil.
Exercise Still Waters, which was just recently initiated, is one of the activities that is now being carried out. Its purpose is to protect Nigerians while elections are taking place.
Recurring threats to national security and even a maritime crisis have left Nigeria in ruins.
Despite repeated assurances from the federal government that it will work to reduce the prevalence of this problem, it has grown dramatically in recent years.
There have been repeated coups in African countries recently, and there are widespread speculations about the role of the armed forces in shaping the upcoming election.
Even though there was still a lot of work to be done, it was clear that these communities, which had been devastated by terrorism, were making progress.
Important aspects of human nature, such as loyalty and perspective on one’s country, should be upheld by all of us, and should be taught to political leaders as lessons for the country.
This government have been insensitive to the problems of insecurities. We need to get more recruits in our army personnel and equip them better.
We as a society have an obligation to uphold and instill in our political leaders the values of humanity, including devotion and perspective on one’s country.
The governments of numerous nations have advised their nationals against visiting Nigeria as a result of this elevated risk. Numerous reports over the past few months have highlighted how insecurity is still rising across the nation. The government are not ready to help, so we should therefore take caution
Everywhere must be safe this matter of insecurities must be stopped and make people feel safe election is near different kind of terror act always come up I hope they are ready to face any terror act
Recurrent security challenges like terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and even a maritime crisis are currently wreaking havoc in Nigeria.
What you are seeing is just a script being played by our Nigerian armies who have being infiltrated by the insurgence and have form alliance with them. It is my prayers that the Fulani herdsmen will never succeed with their plans.
That’s the way it’s been going around. Numerous lives have been lost due to insurgency, yet little has been done to stop it. I am interested in hearing how the Army has responded. More people need to be enlisted in the army, and they need to be better equipped.
Our hope has been dashed to piece in terms of safety and protection given by the Nigerian army. We no longer trust in the country security apparatus seeing the series of attack on many parts of the country including the army camp. It calls for great concern.