By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has said that the priority of any government should be the security and welfare of its citizens.
General Buratai stated this at the 50th Anniversary and International Conference of Department of Political Science and International Studies of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
COAS who was represented by the Commandant Depot Nigerian Army, Major General Victor Okwudili Ezugwu reiterated that good governance and transparent leadership breeds good citizens and guarantees decent standards of living for all.
According to him, good governance is all about effective and transparent leadership that produces result which transforms the socio economic conditions of a nation.
“Good governance and accountability will ensure that resources meant for development are used to address basic human security and development needs of the citizen thus guaranteeing decent standard of living for all”.
“Lack of good governance breeds corruption that further weakens the state capacity to deliver services to its citizens there by creating conducive environment for violent extremism to emerge and flourish as well as rebellion”.
Gen Buratai said, Nigerian Army has achieved a lot in the fight against Insurgency in the North Eastern part of the Country by adopting kinetic and non-kinetic powers which are using military combat with the aim of decimating their military capabilities while the non-kinetic power involves the use of non-military power to win the hearts and minds of the local population through civil-military relations and other related activities.
” A lot have been achieved in the fight against security challenges facing the country”.
The COAS said they are now consolidating on the gains achieved in the fight against insurgency in the North East as part of the stabilizing phase of our operations.
The Army Chief said the task of combating the insurgency and terrorism, the Nigerian Army involves the application of kinetic and non-kinetic power.
The kinetic power involves engaging the group in military combat with the aim of decimating their military capabilities while the non-kinetic power involves the use of non-military power to win the hearts and minds of the local population through civil-military relations and other related activities.
General Buratai emphasized that the war against terrorism is a collective responsibility and every individual or organizations must be supportive of government efforts as well as that of the security agencies to rid the country of criminality and security challenges.
He charged participants to rethink and re-strategize ways to enhance governance that will ensure a better society for all Nigerians.