Vanguard (Lagos)

31 December 2012

Nigeria: Security - Minister Sues for Collective Effort

Abuja — Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, has charged Nigerians to make the promotion of internal peace and security the focal point of the New Year resolutions.

In a New Year message, he said: "Nigerians must recognise the fact that security has remained the most challenging of the nation's problems over the past few years and we need to get more involved in the concerted efforts by government to tackle it."

He noted that without the support and full cooperation of the people, security agencies could do little or nothing.

Olubolade urged every Nigerian to be concerned with what happened around them, especially those related to the security of lives and property of their immediate community.

He also urged them to report all possible threats to law enforcement officers, as without security, every achievement in other sectors would be blighted.

The minister also asserted that in spite of the myriad of challenges posed by the activities of agents of destabili-sation, a lot was achieved by the Nigeria Police and other security agencies as seen in the reduction in terrorist activities, armed robbery and other criminal activities, especially towards the end of the year.

He ascribed the relatively peaceful atmosphere under which Nigerians celebrated this year's Christmas to the alertness of the Nigeria Police, in concert with other relevant agencies, as well as the cooperation of well-meaning citizens who provided useful information which helped in curtailing the activities of miscreants.

He pointed out that 2013 held a lot of promises for the people, as government would build on the visible accomplishments of the out-going year to ensure a freer and more secure environment for them to operate, in line with the seven-point agenda of the present administration.

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