- Donald Duke has advised the Nigerian government on necessary steps to take as the country grapples with security challenges
- The former Cross River state governor, among other things, advised the FG to improve on the welfare of the Nigerian soldiers and other security agents
- Duke also alleged that Boko Haram insurgents obtained their weapons from security operatives and urged the FG to investigate the development
Following Boko Haram's gruesome killing of some farmers in Borno state, Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, has called on the Nigerian government to up the ante in dealing with the insecurity in the country.
Channels TV reports that Duke said the nation’s security system needs a total overhaul just as he highlighted some areas which, according to him, needs improvement.
Legit.ng highlights some of the suggestions the former governor made on how to address the challenges of insecurity in the country.
1. Guarding the nation's armoury
Duke in the report which was also covered by PM News alleged that most weapons used by Boko Haram terrorists are obtained from security operatives.
“Most of the weapons used by Boko Haram come from our armoury, we will need to look into that. Why are we selling weapons to the enemy?"
He, therefore, called on the federal government to investigate the security forces and flush out the bad eggs.
2. Levels of education and training for security agents
The former governor noted that crime is now a sophisticated business which requires well-educated and well-trained security agents to handle.
He advised the Nigerian government to raise the educational requirements for those recruited into the security agencies and also ensure they are well trained.
Duke recommended employing graduates instead of those with secondary school certificates.
3. Welfare for security agents
Duke also noted that for the security agents to be effective, there is the need for the government to prioritise their welfare and ensure they are well motivated. He added that there has to be an insurance scheme to look after them.
“I think the soldiers in the northeast are under-motivated, the government should motivate them."
4. Intelligence gathering
The former Cross River state governor also emphasised the need to prioritise intelligence gathering. He argued that there should be more of intelligence than firepower.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari came under fire from Nigerians over the increased insecurity across the country, especially in the northern region.
Citizens lamented over the frequent kidnapping, and killings by bandits, Boko Haram insurgents, accusing the president of failing to keep the people safe.
According to them, the recent attack was an indication that the Buhari administration has failed in terms of security and welfare of Nigerians.
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