ByAbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
Former army President Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has urged Nigerians to cooperate with the army to defeat terrorists.
Gen. Babangida additionally referred to as on the Federal Authorities to equip the army with trendy weapons and prepare them on the best way to use them to decisively resolve insecurity throughout Nigeria.
He spoke on a BBC Hausa programme monitored in Kaduna yesterday.
Gen. Babangida mentioned the army was doing quite a bit to handle the assorted safety challenges similar to banditry, kidnapping and insurgency.
The previous army dictator mentioned he believed the insecurity would quickly be resolved as soon as the fitting factor is finished.
“In addition they have to be skilled on the best way to use the trendy weapons, to not get weapons and simply hand them over to the troopers. They need to be skilled.
“It is very important rally around the troopers and different safety brokers, assist them and allow them to know the residents are behind them. Present them with all they require and allow them to know that is their nation, they haven’t any different nation higher than this.
“This downside of insecurity, each authorities had its expertise, but when we unite we’ll overcome it. I keep in mind how we fought the civil struggle for 3 years, the folks supported the federal government, the federal government did its greatest, purchased what was needed, and those that fought have been made to grasp that this nation is one of the best for them.
“It’s not solely in Nigeria, many international locations encountered this type of downside. Some had it for 10 years however by means of concerted effort, they’re out of it. I imagine we will get out of this downside.
“We should always unite, we should always assist these in energy. We’re all working in direction of attaining the identical aim. Between the leaders and residents, we’d like peace and a harmonious relationship. Each residents and people governing try, however we should always know that it’s not a straightforward process,” Gen. Babangida mentioned.
On whether or not politicians are taking part in the specified function in bringing an finish to insecurity, Gen. Babangida mentioned: “There are a lot of issues they’ve to place proper. If they comply with sit down and assume over, I imagine success might be achieved.”