Former senate president, Bukola Saraki, has urged the federal government to adopt “modern-day strategies” in tackling insecurity in Nigeria.
He mentioned this in his statement commemorating the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
Saraki stated that the government should prioritise the lives of Nigerians by being serious in its fight against insecurity.
The former senate president said the country’s servicemen’s morale should be reinforced due to the fact they work hard to protect Nigeria’s sovereignty.
“Throughout Nigeria today, we commemorate the courage and sacrifice of our veterans — men and women from all across the country who have sacrificed their lives, their time, and blood and sweat for the nation,” Saraki said in a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his spokesperson.
“As we remember our armed forces who have and continue to sacrifice, we must also remember to pay our respects to the families of our veterans and servicemen and thank them assiduously for their service.
“We already have enough recommendations from the various summits, dialogues, and special sessions on security organized by the executive, legislature, non-governmental organisations, and development partners. All a new government should do is harness the recommendations and demonstrate the strong will, determination, and urgency in translating them into operation.
“There must also be transparency, accountability, and openness in the application of funds devoted to security across the board. We must also prioritize new strategies that will put technology at the forefront of our security arrangement.
“We must be able to adopt modern-day strategies that will help in intelligence gathering; plugging the financial loopholes that these terrorists and bandits exploit, and stop playing lip service to the issue of security.
“Moving forward, as we prioritize the security of Nigerian lives as a whole, we must also emphasize the morale and wellbeing of our veterans and our current servicemen and women. The Nigerian government must show those who wish to serve and defend its sovereignty, that it is also willing to make their lives better during and after active duty.”
Conclusively, Saraki said there is an immediate tneed for a “thorough review of the national security architecture to ensure that it is better equipped to meet the demands of our current challenges”.