Nigeria: Govt. orders security agencies to "crush" growing communal violence

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government on Tuesday in Abuja ordered all the nation’s security agencies to crush and deter all the growing wave of conflicts, including the farmer-herdsmen and communal violence that have the potential to breach the peace and national stability.

There has been alarming rate of killing of unarmed civilians by the Fulani herdsmen, especially in the Southern part of the country, a development that is straining ethnic and social relations.

The latest is the killing of dozens of civilians in their village in a part of South Eastern Enugu State by herdsmen.

Restating that its first priority is to ensure the security of lives and property of the citizenry, the Minister of Defence, Gen. Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali (rtd), said the Nigerian government is determined to ensure that all socio-economic activities in the country must continue to thrive without any hindrance from criminal elements and terrorists.

Dan-Ali gave the order at a seminar on "Media Management in Crisis Situation" for Information Officers of the Military, Security and Response Agencies, which was organized by the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) with support from the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) as well as the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP).

Declaring the occasion open, he said "all security agencies in Nigeria have been called upon to crush and deter the threats of crisis and conflicts that have potential to disrupt peace and security of our country.

"Our security and response agencies are constantly engaged in the essential tasks required for meeting the internal security objectives of ensuring safety and security of Nigeria's territorial integrity, its population and all the critical infrastructures. Our government will not relent in this primary objective."

He added that the government would continue to acknowledge the sustained efforts of the various military, security and response agencies who in spite of all odds are constantly and significantly mitigating the challenges and consequences of violent eruptions and crisis across the country.

The Defence Minister pledged continued support for all the agencies, particularly those battling insurgency in the North East, so that they can effectively deliver on their mandate.

On crisis management, the minister tasked information officers of the various agencies to be patriotic and professional in the discharge of their duties.

"You must bear in mind that our dear country is currently confronted with several challenges which demand every sense of professionalism in the way and manner information is to be managed. You have the responsibility to manage sensitive information at your disposal with all sense of patriotism and to relate with media and the general public with utmost sense of professionalism taking into cognizance the importance of our cherished national interest and national security," he charged.

The minister who commended the CCC for its contribution to national security also charged other organizations to emulate such laudable initiative.

Welcoming guests and participants to the seminar, the Executive Secretary of the CCC, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (retd), said the seminar was designed to assist information officers to effectively and efficiently engage the media to communicate responsibly with the public.

He added that the media influence in contemporary scheme of human endeavour cannot be downplayed, hence the need to develop an efficient and effective cadre of Public Relations personnel who would be able to manage communication in crisis situation.

The seminar, he added, would also encourage synergy among security and response agencies through harmonisation of information, recalling that prior to the establishment of the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSRA), the forebearer of CCC, there used to be conflicting information from the various agencies during crisis situations.

He, however, conceded that there was still an urgent need to enhance greater communication with the public.
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26 أبريل 2016 15:16:00

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