By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA — Former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, yesterday, canvassed a comprehensive approach to national security management, saying the upsurge in violent extremism and domestic terrorism have rendered the traditional approach to security obsolete and ineffective.
General Abdusalami who spoke at the National Defence College Course 22 inaugural lecture titled, ‘Comprehensive Approach to National Security Management in Nigeria.’ also emphasized that the myriad of security challenges facing the country did not start under the Jonathan administration, noting that threats to the nation’s security have evolved over time.
He explained that there was urgent need to evolve new ways, procedures, mechanisms and institutions that would be effective in preventing, mitigating and managing myriad of security challenges confronting the country.
According to him, “the nature and pattern of outbreak of new and emerging threats can no longer be achieved through reliance on current approach to security, nor can it be achieved through a sole reliance on the security agencies alone.”
He said that current security threats have shown that the attainment and preservation of security must be everybody’s business, adding that the public is expected to play vital role in assisting the conventional bodies, especially in the area of intelligence gathering on activities of criminal elements.
Abubakar, who rebuked the regime of military rule, said the comprehensive approach he was advocating was concerned with restoring security, governance and development through inter-agency, inter-ministerial or even an inter-organisational framework approach.
“It is a structure that involves the use of political, diplomatic, security, economic and developmental interventions, governed by the rule of law in pursuit of a sustainable security in society,” he stated.
According to him, the need for this approach in the management of national security challenges in Nigeria is made even more urgent by the fact that threats to security in Nigeria have evolved over time.
He noted that as the 2015 general elections draw nearer, there was need for a comprehensive approach to national security management adding that lessons must be learnt from the crisis that engulfed some northern states after the presidential elections of 2011.