Buhari Sues for Deeper Cooperation Amongst Security Agencies

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 07 – President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed the armed forces and all security agencies to henceforth promote and implement comprehensive security philosophies and measures driven by long-established principles of jointness and synergies through inter-agency cooperation.

He also said his government’s policy tripod of ushering in economic prosperity, taming corruption and engendering an enabling security environment would not be realised without an armed force fit for the purpose.

He spoke at the graduation of Course 28 of Nigerian Defence College, Abuja, a day after the United States warned that terror groups, al-Qaeda and ISIS, have begun a clandestine movement into West Africa and exploiting local grievances and divides to drive their terror campaign.

However, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday downplayed the warning by the United States African Command (AFRICOM), stressing that it is not new.

Buhari, at the Course 28 of Nigerian Defence College graduation, said the goals of his administration would not be realised without an enabling security environment.

He said: “We cannot reach these goals without an enabling security environment. This is the part for all the Nigeria police, intelligence and security agencies and other significant state and non-state actors engaged in the provision of security.

“Moving forward, the armed forces and all the security agencies must promote and implement comprehensive security philosophies and measures driven by long established principles of jointness and synergies through inter-agency cooperation, defence transformation and reorganisation of the military to make it fit for purpose.”

The president, who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), charged heads of security and defence services to ensure the realisation of these aspirations.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commandant, Nigerian Defence College (NDC), Rear Admiral M.M. Kadiri, said the NDC Course 28 was duly trained and prepared for higher challenges of national security and defence, having benefited from the statutory curriculum and special programmes in the college.

He said a total of 107 participants were presented for graduation.

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