Insecurity: VON, Development Specs Academy drum up support for military

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace, has called on Nigerians to support Nigerian military and other security agencies to overcome security challenges facing the nation.

Ndace said the support is necessary given the assymetric nature of the war and the enemies.

The DG stated this Monday when he received Executive Director Development Specs Academy Professor Okey Ikechukwu, who led members of his team on a courtesy call on him at VON corporate headquarters in Abuja.


He said: “We are in the age durable disorder where the enemy is a friend and a neighbour. The enemies we are dealing with is not wearing uniform. They have double face some even have triple faces.

“A criminal live in one community as a criminal, moves to another community and live as a good person. He lives in the community where he keeps his family as good person and becomes a bandit and a kidnapper in another community.

“The criminals don’t wear identity. Their identities is very difficult to define and that is why often time you hear issues of ambushes. Our troops are loyal and dedicated people, when you call them they move. Sometimes those people who give them such information are also in the side of the enemy. As the troops move they enter into such ambushes.
“We need to support them to defeat our common enemies. That is why your up coming conference is very important . We can’t continue to be lamenting, let’s focus on solutions, what the things we are bringing to the table.

“What are things we need to tell the Nigerian military sincerely in other to build positive narrative? What should they do differently? Are they engaging with the citizens in the right way?”

The DG assured the academy of VON’s support in its forthcoming roundtable on security.
“I want to assure you that the partnership you requested for you will get it hundred percent. We are going to give you full coverage and we are starting today and now.

“What you are doing is what every Nigerian should be happy about. The Nigerian military; Army, Navy and Airforce require people like you,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, Prof. Ikechukwu said the assymetric nature of war makes it very complex, urging Nigerians support the military win the war against insecurity.

“Soldiers are trained to shoot objects, specific objects that you know where they are, that is what they are trained to deal with but today the enemy is embedded in villages, you can’t go and shoot an entire village.

“There is the absence of values, there are no citizens anymore in Nigeria, what we have are indigenes of various communities except we want to lie to ourselves. That’s why somebody can aide Boko Haram by supplying them arms or bullets not minding that his own people are dying. That’s why somebody can set up a roadblock and kill somebody saying he wants Biafra,” he said.