Nigeria’s Vice President (VP) Yemi Osinbajo in view of security challenges ravaging the country has said every Nigerian deserves the protection of their lives and properties.
VP Osinbajo stated this at a two-day national security summit holding at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) conference centre in Abuja.
TheNewsGuru reports the summit is aimed at providing an all-inclusive platform for finding long-term solutions to the security challenges in the country.
“Every Nigerian deserves the protection of their lives and properties by the government,” Osinbajo said, adding “We must avoid the danger of allowing this conflict to escalate further to religious or ethnic conflict; this is the responsibility of political and religious elites in Nigeria”.
Osinbajo gave kudos to the security agencies saying that despite constraint in finances they’ve been able to work with the resources they have.
“We need to consider the following for the efficiency in the security sector: 1. Police structure must change by tripling the number of officers; 2. There should be state and community policing by curtailing the arms being smuggled into the country; and 3. There should be consolidation with neighboring state within borders,” he said.
In his opening remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki said “People who should be neighbours are turning on one another and taking up arms.
“These attacks and reprisal attacks are an intolerable cycle of hell that must be broken. Killings, kidnappings, mayhem and general lawlessness cannot be the new normal,” he added.