Days after the Department of State Services, DSS, warned Nigerians, particularly residents of the FCT, of plots by the Boko Haram terror group to carry out attacks and bombings in market places and religious centers, the Nigerian Army has urged citizens to be extra vigilant and security conscious in tackling insecurity in the country as the Xmas and New Year seasons approach.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, made the call, weekend, at inaugural annual lecture of Class 1992 Alumni of Mass Communications Department of Bayero University Kano (BUK).
In a paper he delivered entitled ‘Crisis Communication and Security Consciousness: A Case Study of Nigeria’ at the occasion, Colonel Usman, who is also an old student of the department insisted that Nigerian military and intelligence operatives are virtually in every local government council in the country trying to pre-empt the dastardly plots of enemies.
Usman said citizens should not only rely on security for protection but should be security conscious and provide useful information to relevant security agencies.
He said: “With the kind of intelligence we receive regularly from the military and security operatives, the citizens need to be proactive and security conscious while the media intensify campaign on same.
“Internal security challenge is not a problem unique to Nigeria. The US, UK, France and many other countries face similar challenges within their borders on daily basis.
“The difference between these countries and ours is the management of threats by the government and the citizenry; how knowledgeable they are, how patriotic and united their citizens are against threats of insecurity and crisis.
“The countries are never divided on political, ethical, religion or professional ground when the interest of the nation is the subject.”