Ibrahim Babangida, a former military president, has advised the Federal Government to equip troops with modern weapons and adequate training to help them fight insecurity.
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Babangida, who spoke with BBC Hausa on Sunday, asked Nigerians to support security agencies in restoring peace in the country.
The military, which has been fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east for more than 10 years, is also said to be involved in at least ten special operations across the country.
Babangida said troops must also be made to understand what patriotism means.
“Provide them with all they require and let them know this is their country. They have no other better than this”, he said.
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“They also need to be trained on how to use the modern weapons, not to get weapons and just hand them over to them. They should be trained”.
The former military president noted he usually advises the government on the way forward for the country and will continue to do so.
“We give advice as we can but we don’t make noise about it. We don’t announce that this is what we say,” he stated.
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“We should unite, we should support those in power, we are all working towards achieving the same goal. Between the leaders and citizens, we need peace and a harmonious relationship.
“I remember how we fought the civil war for three years, the people supported the government, the government did its best, bought what was necessary, those who fought were made to understand that this country is the best for them.
“It is not only in Nigeria; many countries encountered this kind of problem, some had it for ten years but through concerted effort, they are out of it. I believe we can get out of this problem.”
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