We’re strengthening Nigeria’s intelligence gathering capacity – Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the focus of his administration is to strengthen the nation’s intelligence gathering capacity in order to rout insurgency and other violent crimes.
Buhari stated this while addressing the 8th National Security Seminar 2018 of the Alumni Association of the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo represented Buhari at the seminar with the theme: “Fighting Tomorrow’s Warfare Today”.
“One current focus is the strengthening of Nigeria’s intelligence gathering capacity. For this to happen, intelligence gathering must not be seen as solely a task for law enforcement agencies. It is a task that must involve every citizen, every community.
“And at the level of the military and intelligence agencies, intelligence-sharing must become the rule and not the exception,’’ he stated.
According to him, the scope of the battle against insurgency is broadened by the vast land mass in the North-east.
“Land mass on that scale is unquestionably a delight for terrorists and their unconventional tactics.
He noted that without investing in intelligence gathering there would be very little hope for the country at the mercy of large swathes of ungoverned spaces and feeble borders.
“This necessity of robust intelligence gathering underlies every one of our security challenges in Nigeria, not just terrorism but also clashes between herdsmen and farmers, cattle rustling, armed banditry, cultism and militancy,” he said.

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