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Boko Haram Bombings: Presidency to organise security summit

BY DANIEL IDONOR

ABUJA – AS medical personnels continue to cope with overbearing pressure from victims of Madalla, Suleja Christmas bombing, the Presidency is set to organise a National Security Summit, NSS, in the new year on possible best ways to secure Nigeria in the present and future.

Top security officials, Sunday, rose from a crucial session with a declaration that Boko Haram decision to destroy Nigeria must be urgently nip in the bud, saying that the menace underscores the budgetary proposal for 2012 fiscal year.

 

The scene of the blast at Madalla, Suleja

The security chiefs also want the federal government to declare the new year a security year, as part of deliberate efforts to tackle the rising wave of insecurity in Nigeria, essentially the Boko Haram terror group and many other ethnic militia formation across the country.

Also, as part of fresh measures to address the growing security concerns, the security hierarchy has adopted a recommendation for a security summit early next year, where top Nigerian security actors are expected to inject fresh ideas into ongoing efforts by government to stem the tide.

The security summit which is being planned by the Federal Government is to hold in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and will be funded through the 2012 financial votes for national security.

An impeccable security source told Vanguard that “no amount of budgetary allocation is too much for security related projects because all over the world, security is a top priority of every responsible government and Nigeria cannot be  an exception, especially in the face of current level of insecurity”.

According to the source, the security summit would encourage all security experts, both serving and retired personnels to mount the stage and speak openly and frankly, in a manner similar to the constitutional conference, which would make far reaching recommendations to government on present and future security measures.

It was learnt that the summit is a follow-up to a recent meeting of all former National Security Advisers, NSAs, which was convened by the office of the incumbent NSA, Gen. Andrew Azazi, to discuss the menace of Boko Haram and the best ways out.


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