Nigeria to establish commission on security

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid a rising wave of violent crimes, ethnic and sectarian crises, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday announced plans to establish a Commission on Security to advise it on ways and means of strengthening overall security in the country.
In a special radio and television address to mark the country's 41st independence anniversary, the president said that the government will soon request the National Assembly to pass a law to deal with illegal arms in the country.
Nigeria obtained its independence from Britain on 1 October 1960.
Explaining the reason behind the establishment of the commission, a follow-up to the Retreat on Security organised earlier this year, the President said: "Peace and security are fundamental foundation stone on which democracy and development can and need to be anchored.
"There is no better option for consolidating political stability with social cohesion and harmony," he said.
Since Nigeria returned to civil rule 28 months ago, there have been sporadic eruptions of communal and religious violence across the country, destroying life and property.
The level of violent crimes and armed banditry has also assumed a frightening dimension.
Conceding that the security situation was a serious concern to him, Obasanjo promised that his administration would continue to adequately fund and equip the police so that it could provide efficient law enforcement and crime control.
"I want to assure Nigerians of our commitment to building a formidable, well-equipped, well-trained, well-disciplined, re- oriented and people-friendly police," he said.
He re-stated confidence in the country's police, in spite of their inability to live up to their responsibility of fighting crime.
"The Nigeria Police, having suffered its share of the degradation in our social system, was ill-equipped, materially and morally, to perform its constitutional role of maintaining law and order and protect life and property.
"Notwithstanding cases of some bad eggs in the Nigeria Police, I believe by and large, the Nigeria Police has some of the most committed and patriotic Nigerians you can find anywhere," the President said.
Obasanjo also announced plans to intensify patrols along the country's borders and waging an "relentless war" against illegal arms trafficking, their trading and unlawful possession.

01 october 2001 12:34:00




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