Security agencies in Nigeria are not deploying the right technology to combat insecurity due to their difficult procurement process, the National Security Advisor (NSA), Babagana Monguno, has said.
The NSA stated this while briefing journalists at the State House in Abuja.
He also attributed the lack of proper technology deployment to its expensive nature.
The comment by Monguno, a retired major general, comes on the heels of rising insecurity across the country.
While highlighting the challenges facing the acquisition of technological devices to combat insecurity, Mr. Monguno said that the government is doing everything possible to fulfill its responsibilities.
“So the first question has to do with why is it so difficult to implement technology. One, technology is expensive. Technology takes time to acquire these things because, inherently, we don’t produce this very, very delicate equipment.
“It’s not that the government isn’t making any effort to acquire, but we need to know who to acquire this technology from, where, when, and there are certain processes.
“For now, I know we have, but the situation is that they are not enough, so for the government it is an ongoing process. That is what I can say on the issue of technology deployment,” he said.
He added that one of the main causes of insecurity in Nigeria is the porousness of the country’s borders.
He said the government is working with neighboring countries to ensure that illegal entry into Nigeria is reduced.
“On the issue of border security, obviously, we have very long borders, and I am not going to fool anyone. We all know that we have infiltration problems because we have a very large economy.
“It attracts a lot of people from outside and they enter illegally, not only through land borders, but also through maritime waters.
“Of course, in the case of maritime borders, most things have been done in the last year to ensure maritime dominance… to the point that the International Maritime Bureau has recognized the fact that in 27 years, our maritime borders have not been as secure and peaceful as they have been in the past year.
“That is a fact, it is not a conjecture, I did not make this up. So we want to see how we can replicate those kinds of efforts in the maritime domain at our land borders. That is something that the council is looking into,” she said.
Insecurity in Nigeria
Insecurity in Nigeria has worsened under the Buhari administration, as the country witnessed some of the bloodiest attacks in its history.
Almost every geopolitical area in the country is under attack in one form or another, particularly by organizations such as Boko Haram/ISWAP, IPOB separatists, and bandits.
The country also witnessed the highest number of kidnappings and hostage-taking of school-age children since 2014, when the Chibok girls were abducted.
Furthermore, the country also witnessed the highest number of breakouts in a single year, with no fewer than four prisons affected last year.
Furthermore, the bandits outshone the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists as they made some northwestern and north-central states the epicenters of killings in the country.
Although the President Muhammadu Buhari The administration repeatedly claimed that Nigerians are safer under it than under previous administrations, this claim has been called into question by facts on the ground.
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