31 December 2012

Nigeria: Govt Committed to Addressing Security Challenges - Information Minister

The Federal Government has stepped up investment in security through the provision of logistics, training and deployment of troops to tackle current challenges in some states in the northern part of the country.

Mr Labaran Maku, the minister of information, said this on Monday in Abuja, while briefing newsmen on the achievements of the President Goodluck Jonathan's administration in 2012.

He said that the administration had remained relentless in its efforts to end the challenges.

"This is crucial to the implementation of the Transformation Agenda because without security and peace, no meaningful development can be achieved in the affected states," Maku said.

He said that government was collaborating with all stakeholders, including religious and community leaders as well as the affected people.

The minister said that due to the nature of the challenges, government would not take "draconian approach" as being canvassed in some quarters, adding that those behind the challenge lived among the people.

"Let me on behalf of the government commiserate with those who lost their loves one and those maimed in the mindless campaign of violence in last 12 months.

"I assure you that government will remain focused in finding lasting solution to the security challenges in 2013.

"However, let me remind Nigerians that security is not the responsibility of government along, but all citizens must take personal and community action toward securing their environment," he said.

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