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NIGERIA FACING NO FEWER THAN 14 THREATS, SAYS DEFENCE CHIEF

NEW YORK CITY, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, says the military is currently confronting no fewer than 14 security threats across the country.

Gen. Olonisakin disclosed this at a reception organized for him by the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations here over the weekend. He was here to attend 2nd United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference, alongside more than 100 other chiefs of defence staff from all over the world.

By my estimation, we have about 14 security threats that we are confronting, ranging from terrorism, insurgency, kidnapping, cultism, to issues linked to armed robbery. We are handling operations in all the geo-political zones of the country, but the major one is the one in the North-East, which is under ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’,” he added.

We have, of course, operations down south and taking charge of militancy and oil theft; we also have that in Lagos. But the major one is Operation Lafiya Dole, which we have stepped up since we came on board. Right now, we have been able to decimate the Boko Haram terrorists, but what they are doing right now is hitting soft targets through suicide bombers.

We realised that to mitigate this particular menace is not only about the military. So we need to carry the whole nation along to be able to address that.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK