Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has challenged church leaders to offer suggestions on how to end the lingering security problems in the country.
Osinbajo who spoke today, February 3 when he received in audience, clergymen from the Northern part of Nigeria under the auspices of the Arewa Pastors Forum for Peace, emphasized the urgent need for “Men of God,” to come up with ideas and their thoughts on how to find lasting peace.
He said that on the part of the government, all hands have been on deck to find lasting solution to the security challenges.
He said that there is an ongoing deliberate and comprehensive consolidation of the security situation in the country, including plans to recruit more troops and officers to beef up the personnel of security agencies in order to contain the threats and security concerns in the land.
Professor Osinbajo assured the pastors: “we are doing everything that needs to be done.
“We are handling security well, and as you know, including military deployment in diverse fields, like the Boko Haram in the Northeast.
“In fact, we have to now recruit more into the army, and much faster than we ever did because we need men on the ground; resources also – to buy more arms, to buy more platforms.”
The Vice President informed the pastor about the seriousness of the Buhari administration on the matter of security. “At the last meeting of the National Security Council that was held on Thursday, we had discussions on how to beef up the military’s platforms. How do we beef up the numbers? “How do we recruit more men and women into the army? How do we collaborate more with local vigilante, the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and all that.
“So, there is a lot going on in terms of trying to beef up security. The security situation is one that is very challenging. We are also looking at aspects of surveillance – how we can do more aerial surveillance using drones and electronic devices to improve surveillance.”
Professor Osinbajo assured the clergymen that the Federal Government is also committed to finding lasting solutions to the perennial crisis in communities in the North and other parts of the country, including the ones bothering on religious prejudices.
Earlier, President of the Forum, Bishop Mbayo Japhet pledged the group’s support for the administration.
He described Osinbajo as an apostle of peace.