The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai has tasked both international and local security experts researchers to deepen their studies to unravels hidden facts that would aid the army and other security agencies to Win the fight against insurgency in the North East.
The Army chief said this on Tuesday while receiving delegation from the institute of security studies (ISS), regional office for west Africa, the sahel and Lake Chad Basin at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
General Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans NA HQ, Lt. Gen Adeosun Lamido explained that ISS has the capability and capacity to go into research and get some facts as regards the causes of insecurity and how to solve them.
He said “I want us to be on the same page where we can, while we are doing the military aspect, the research aspect too is also very very useful both for the promotion of the military side and the civil side which is the main side of the whole coin of this security of terrorism.
“Your research can be very very useful to assist us also in unraveling some of the naughty issues as regards fighting insecurity either insurgency or terrorism.
The COAS while commending the institutions initiative, urged them to ensure synergy with other critical stakeholders that are concerned with the issues of security as Army are not the only stakeholders in the fight.
“Yes, the kinetic aspect which has to do with the military, we can categorise it as only 20 percent, while 80 percent is the other issues that borders on other groups.
“It’s the conglomerate of stakeholders including the religious group, the locals, government, Non Governmental Organisations, all involved in either resolving ,expanding and prolonging the conflict, depending on which side of the coin one finds himself”.
Earlier on his part, the Deputy Director, institute for security studies (ISS), Dr. Fonteh Akum, who reiterated that the purpose of their visit is in two folds, said the visit was to introduce their organisation and also solicit the attention of the NA as well as understand exactly the kind of research that would be useful as regards the fighting of insecurity in the North East.
He also stated their area of interest and concentration.
” Our areas of research is very diverse and as such we research mainly in human security which is slightly different from national security because it focuses on human and basically looking at issues of development”.
Dr Akum further said that “ we think it is very important to work with and also meet principal stakeholders and let them know exactly what is it that we are doing.
According to him, the sole aim of their visit is their desire to working with the stakeholders rather than working against them.
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