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CDS Advocates Whole-of-Society Approach to Tackle Insecurity in Nigeria

CDS Advocates Whole-of-Society Approach to Tackle Insecurity in Nigeria

CDS Advocates Whole-of-Society Approach to Tackle Insecurity in Nigeria

In a compelling address during the 34th Convocation Ceremony of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa OFR, emphasised the critical need for a whole-of-society approach to effectively address the prevailing security challenges in Nigeria.

The CDS delivered this message on Friday, February 23, 2024, in his lecture titled: “National Security in Contemporary Security Environment: Entrenching Whole of Society Approach.”

General Musa underscored that a comprehensive approach involves both formal and informal institutions collaborating to reach a collective agreement on policy objectives and strategies. He highlighted the importance of civil societies working collaboratively with the public and private sectors to find common solutions to intricate problems.

The CDS stressed that “such an approach is imperative, considering Nigeria’s exposure to international security threats and the evolving role of non-state actors in shaping global security dynamics.”

Identifying major threats to national security, General Musa pointed out challenges such as crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, illegal refining activities, and environmental degradation in the Niger Delta, as well as the impact of global climate change. He also highlighted issues like illegal unreported fishing activities and cyber attacks on the national cyberspace as factors affecting Nigeria’s security.

Moreover, General Musa addressed internal threats, citing illiteracy, unemployment, population explosion, porous borders, uncontrolled migration, poor governance, and weak laws as significant concerns. He cautioned against solely burdening uniformed personnel with the responsibility for effective security, emphasizing the need for a broader societal involvement.

The CDS asserted that “globally, the primary responsibility of ensuring the security of lives and property lies with the government. However, the nation’s security involves a combination of military and non-military activities aimed at eliminating threats to core values, ” he said, reiterating that the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s national security imperative is to protect the country and its citizens from external dangers.

Proposing solutions to address security gaps, the CDS called for a national reorientation, addressing grievances of oppression, maintaining justice, fairness, and equity, and addressing governance disparities. He stressed the importance of a collaborative and cooperative relationship among stakeholders in the national security architecture as a crucial step in resolving security challenges.

CDS Advocates Whole-of-Society Approach to Tackle Insecurity in Nigeria

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