The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major Gen. Faruk Yahaya, stated that addressing Nigeria’s security challenges required the collaboration of all stakeholders.
Yahaya made the revelation when he appeared before the Joint House of Representatives Committees on Defence and the Army for screening on Tuesday in Abuja.
The COAS said he hopes to bring his thirty-six years of experience in the Army to work with other service chiefs and all stakeholders to tackle security challenges in Nigeria.
“From my experience, this job can’t be done by a single service or entity, the Army itself is a group work, not individual and that’s why we’re arranged in sections, companies, battalions and brigades.
“Captured in the vision of the previous COAS, and in my vision as well, is the mention of a collaborative environment in what we do, having realized that this job is not a one-service job.
“It also necessitates other agencies and stakeholders, and as we speak, the former chief has already gathered these as a cornerstone for the achievement of his mandate, as evidenced by the composition of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as the Police, DSS, and Civil Defence, and all other stakeholders,” he said.
Yahaya went on to say that internal security is an intelligence-driven operation that requires traditional rulers, communities, opinion leaders, and anyone else who can provide information, emphasizing that the enemy hides within us.
He believes that traditional rulers should provide information, support, and collaborate with the Army.
The Nigerian Army will win all battles because we are loyal to Buhari.