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Safety adviser for a time like this

Dr. Salisu I. Ibrahim


SIR: The entire nation was shocked on Thursday, June 19 when President Muhammadu Buhari brazenly admonished his service chiefs that he would now not condone excuses from them for the endless insecurity within the nation.

The cost got here towards the backdrop of accelerating nationwide disenchantment with the worsening insecurity within the nation, particularly within the North-East and North-West.

One cause that has been roundly adduced for the inflexible, ineffective and unyielding method of the safety companies in preventing insurgency and banditry, significantly within the present political dispensation is their regimented mentality of ‘hearth for hearth’, which in fact, is implicit of their skilled coaching.

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It’s stating the plain that in appointing the following Nationwide Safety Adviser NSA, there’s want for a shift from the norm of participating individuals with army or quasi-military background to competent, non-military professionals with requisite expertise in multilateral and bilateral strategies.

Administration of strategic communications in civil-military relationship is vital to efficient peace-building and democratic governance.

The following NSA needs to be a civilian skilled with out regimented mentality who can view all of the urgent safety points in Nigeria holistically.

Because the chief adviser to the president, he should possess deft information in counter-intelligence, stealth surveillance, infiltration, intelligence sharing and systemic propaganda

He should not be greater than 55 years in age and may have the capability to trigger similar (holistic method) to be utilized to counter terrorism and insurgency operations in all of the flash-points in Nigeria.

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Equally, the following occupier of ONSA needs to be a person lettered in legislation and jurisprudence. He ought to equally have the information of enforcement of legislation and legal justice.

As well as, he ought to have huge information of worldwide enterprise, public coverage, public economic system and cross-cultural financial administration.

He have to be educated in statecraft and counter-intelligence simply as he have to be abreast of all points in inner safety of Nigeria

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He should possess requisite information in counter-insurgence and counter-terrorism and be capable to perceive administration of strategic communication.

The following NSA should have deft information in bilateral and multilateral dynamics of worldwide politics.

Lastly, he needs to be a world safety skilled with huge information of latest menace to peace at and nationwide, continental and worldwide or world ranges.

All these salient causes for one’s patriotic counsel for Mr. President on the selection of his subsequent Nationwide Safety Adviser; particularly as offering sufficient safety for Nigerians is a cardinal focus of his electioneering marketing campaign, and, has additionally remained a covenant his administration has with residents of the nation since 2015.


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