Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, has revealed that the federal government is planning to recruit more personnel into the army, and acquire more weapons in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
The government has been under fire over surge in killings and insecurity across the country.
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Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesman, who made this known in a statement on Monday, said the vice president received clergymen from the Northern part of the country under the aegis of the Arewa Pastors Forum for Peace at the Presidential Villa.
He reiterated the government’s commitment towards containing the threats and security concerns in the country.
Osinbajo further assured the pastors that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is doing everything that is needed to be done in terms of security.
“We are handling security well, and as you know, including military deployment in diverse fields, like the Boko Haram in the Northeast.
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“In fact, we have to now recruit more into the army, and much faster than we ever did because we need men on the ground; resources also – to buy more arms, to buy more platforms.
”At the last meeting of the National Security Council that was held on Thursday, we had discussions on how to beef up the military’s platforms.
“How do we beef up the numbers? How do we recruit more men and women into the army? How do we collaborate more with local vigilante, the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and all that.
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“So, there is a lot going on in terms of trying to beef up security; the security situation is one that is very challenging.
“We are also looking at aspects of surveillance – how we can do more aerial surveillance using drones and electronic devices to improve surveillance,” he said.
Osinbajo assured the clergymen that the government is also committed to finding lasting solution to the perennial crisis in communities in the North and other parts of the country, including the ones bothering on religious sentiments.