Defence, Interior Ministers Partner to End Insecurity

Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, with his Interior counterpart, Olubumi Tunji-Ojo, has vowed to end insecurity across the country.

Badaru said it would collaborate with Tunji-Ojo to fight internal security in the country.

He pledged when the interior minister paid him a courtesy visit Tuesday at the Ship House, Abuja.

“The ministry is ever ready to work with your ministry to solve the security challenges bedeviling our country. We will succeed if we work with you, and you will succeed if you work with us,” Badaru stated in a statement issued by Mr Henshaw Ogubike, the Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry.

The minister, therefore, directed that a technical committee be set up between the two ministries to forge ahead on areas of collaboration in tackling the security challenges in the country.

Earlier, Tunji-Ojo said there was a need for the Ministry of Interior to synergise with Defence to combat internal security in Nigeria.

He said that the reality on the ground was not the same as at 15 years ago.

“To curb the current security situation on the ground now, we have to come together like never before and devise means of tackling insecurity in Nigeria,” he said.

Tunji-Ojo also explained that securing the nation’s land, sea, and air borders would enhance the country’s security, adding that a country with a safe border was a safe nation.

“If you cannot secure your borders, you cannot secure your nation.

“My plea is for the Ministry of Defence to know that the Agencies in the Ministry of Interior are very key to internal security. We need to work together,” Tunji-Ojo said.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Dr Ibrahim Kana, has said that the eight-point agenda of President Bola Tinubu calls for synergy among the ministers and ministries to deliver on the mandates of this administration.

He added that the two ministries could work together harmoniously to benefit Nigerians.

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