- As Nigeria's security worsens, Brigadier General Sani Usman has offered some pieces of advice on how to address the crisis
- The retired spokesperson for the Nigerian Army urged stakeholders in the country to stop politicising security issues
- Usman also advised the government to strengthen the nation's security agencies, particularly the police
Brigadier General Sani Usman, a retired spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, has advised against politicising security issues in the country.
However, Brigadier General Usman told Legit.ng he does not believe declaring a state of emergency on insecurity will address the current challenges.
The retired senior military man said the nation has to come up with a holistic approach and stop politicising security issues.
According to him, the Nigerian government needs to strengthen the Nigeria Police Force by training the operatives and giving them the equipment they need to succeed.
"We need to stop politicising security issues. Let's have holistic approach to security issues. Strengthen, train and equip the police."
To fight the insecurity challenges to a standstill, Obasanjo said Nigeria requires a "carrot and stick" approach. In simple terms, the “carrot and stick” approach implies the use of a combination of reward and punishment to deal with the security crisis.
He also advised against the payment of ransom, noting that it encourages criminals to continue their illegal activities. Obasanjo added that to avoid paying ransoms, the government "must have the means to deal heavily with" the security challenges.