By Augustine Akhilomen
President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the need for a combined operations that would aid to combat the continuous threat being posed by the insurgents within the ECOWAS region.
Represented by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau at the closing of the 16 Annual General Meeting of West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) and Meeting of the Forum of Ministers in charge of Security on Thursday in Abuja, the President said that insecurity posed by corruption, terrorism, communal clashes, kidnap for ransom, organised crimes among others, were some vices threatening the region`s peace, progress, integration and development.
“We are aware of other threats to security such as climate change which brings with it environmental degradation, extreme poverty and poor governance.
“However, as police chiefs, your focus is on security of lives and property in relation to law and order,“he said.
“It is pertinent to note that, resolutions in the meeting would become the standard measure of your performances which in turn would help in safeguarding our nascent democracies.
“The knowledge they garnered here will also enhance your competences and capacities to successfully handle and resolve such incidences when they occur.
“Nigeria in the last four years has taken drastic measures and spared no effort in her resolve to fight corruption and her quest to defeat Boko Haram.
“We have led vigorous military campaigns against the terrorists by re-organising the multinational joint task force which had dislodged them.
“Working with our regional and international allies, we have denied them safe haven within and around the sub-region.
“We have also strengthened legislation against terrorism and corruption by equipping the ant-graft agencies in the country to be able to carry out their mandates,“he said.