Nigeria has been grappling with a persistent security crisis for over a decade, hindering its overall national development.
The country’s security agencies, including the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), consisting of the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force, have been actively combatting security threats such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), among other criminal elements.
These efforts are strengthened through collaboration with sister security agencies, including the Police, DSS, and Civil Defence, creating a united front against these threats.
The military has seen considerable successes in addressing the security challenges, particularly in the Northeastern states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.
In a recent development, 654 fresh personnel were inducted into the AFN as part of ‘Exercise Restore Hope V,’ and they are expected to bolster the existing efforts in countering criminals like bandits, kidnappers, insurgents, terrorists, and ethnic militias across the nation.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, emphasized the importance of the training to better equip the troops in confronting security challenges and closing operational gaps.
He urged the troops to justify the investment made in them by eliminating security challenges in their areas of deployment.
The ‘Exercise Restore Hope V’ training is designed to enhance the capabilities of young soldiers and prepare them for the evolving security threats within Nigeria.
This recent development aligns with the vision of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa, to consolidate military efforts against non-state actors in the country.
General Musa urged troops to actively engage with criminals and eliminate them.
As a result of these efforts, the military has reported significant successes, with the neutralization of terrorists, arrests of individuals involved in oil theft, and the rescue of kidnapped hostages. These successes suggest that the military is making progress in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
With the military’s ongoing efforts, there is hope that Nigeria will soon find relief from the security challenges that have plagued the country.