Security: ”We are advancing whole of Society approach”-Defence Chief
By Martha Obi, Abuja
The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) is advancing the whole of society approach towards addressing national security.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor made this known in Abuja at a 2-day Youth and Security Summit themed, “Building Trust for an Improved Security Response in Nigeria.” It was organised by Abuja Global Shapers Community (AGSC) in collaboration with Defence Headquarters.
General Irabor who was the Special Guest of honour at the event, said; “for the Armed Forces to sustain progress as part of the larger architecture in addressing security challenges, the military is currently advancing the whole-of-society approach as a means of solving these challenges.”
According to him, Nigerian youths are segment of the population which could play a pivotal role in advancing the course of national security.
The Defence Chief commended AGSC for organising the summit which seeks to engage the Nigerian youths on issues of national security as well as other intervention targeting the youths to be more focused in building the society.
General Irabor described the collaborative venture between the AFN and AGSC as enlightening the participants in order to better understand the roles of the military in surmounting internal and external threats as well as protection of lives and property.
He said; “engaging the youths is practically making them to become part and parcel of the fabric of stability of the society towards enhancing national security.”
General Irabor further identified freedom from dangers and threats to nation’s ability to defend and develop, promote its core values, and legitimate interests as well as enhanced wellbeing of its citizens as component of national security.
The AGS Hub Curator, Mr Umar Addulmalik, said the summit was series of programmes being conducted by the Community which aimed at engaging the youths on security conversations through collaboration with security agencies.
According to him, ”AGSC is at the forefront of this security conversion and initiatives as a result of the evolving security challenges facing the nation.”
The Youth and Security Summit was attended by senior officers from the military, security agencies and paramilitary organisations.