President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Nigerian army to improve on intelligence gathering and synergy with other security agencies in the country.
The President said this at the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Abuja on Monday, December 6. He said an improvement in these areas will help in curbing terrorism and other forms of insecurity bedeviling the country.
Represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor at the event, Buhari urged the Nigerian army to continue being apolitical and to continue to operate within the framework of the principles of fundamental human rights and the laws of armed conflict.
“The war against terrorism and insurgency is intelligence-driven. It requires the gathering of information and processing them into timely and actionable intelligence for the conduct of operations.
“It also means synergy of efforts and collaboration amongst all the security agencies. I, therefore, charge you to do more, in your information gathering efforts and the level of synergy amongst intelligence outfits in order to comprehensively defeat all forms of insurgency and terrorism in our country within the shortest possible time.
“While performing your constitutional roles, I urge you to remain apolitical and continue to operate within the framework of the principles of fundamental human rights and the laws of armed conflict.”
The President also said that while some equipment procured are now being delivered, others would arrive within the shortest possible time.