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We’ll restore peace before Ramadan – New NSA, Dasuki assures
By Ameh Comrade Godwin on June 30, 2012
Newly appointed National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has assured Nigerians that the Boko Haram insurgence and other security challenges facing the nation would come to an abrupt end before the beginning of this year’s Ramadan Fast due in three weeks.
Dasuki gave this assurance when he visited the volatile Potiskum and Damaturu in Yobe state, to ascertain the security situation in the areas with a view to finding a panecea to the obdurate security challenges troubling them.
He told newsmen that he hoped the people would join hands with government to promote peaceful coexistence in the state, and called for intelligence gathering by the people to provide useful information, promising that every information received would be treated with the highest level of confidentiality.
While thanking the Dasuki for his kind gesture, Yobe governor, Ibrahim Gaidam lauded President Jonathan for taking wide-ranging measures to tackle insecurity in the state and other parts of the North, including the appointment of the new NSA to coordinate and advance efforts to restore peace and security.
He said: “There is a clear change of strategy in the fight against insecurity as promised by Mr President. There is an indication that our hopes, pride and dignity as citizens of this great country would be restored”, Gaidam said.
“I wish to appeal for the deployment of more troops to the state to complement efforts of those on the ground and particularly deployment of full Joint Task Force comprising all security agencies so as to enable them tackle the security challenges more effectively”, Gaidam said.
“Relating to the changes we made where the minister of defence was removed, we have not named anyone yet because that one has to get to the Senate. We cannot announce any name because it is the Senate that has to clear him or her. So, we don’t announce until the Senate clears”.
However on the NSA’s appointment, the President said, “But the NSA, which is a political adviser position, some other person has taken over.
“The interest of the terrorists is to destabilise the government. If they use one thing it doesn’t work, they want to use another thing”.
“So, you too will begin to change your personnel, change your style and change your strategy,” he said.
“ I also thought it was time some other hands come in to do things slightly different,” he submitted.
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