The former Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, on Saturday called for the deployment of military personnel to the country’s porous borders.
Mr. Ihejirika, a retired army lieutenant general, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto that such deployment would prevent illegal arms importation into the country.
He said the military would work hand in hand with other security agencies in preventing and arresting all those involved in the illegal business.
He explained that illegal arms importation posed a threat to the country’s corporate existence.
Mr. Ihejirika also called on traditional leaders to complement the effort of the security agencies by sensitising the people on the need to be security conscious and report dubious characters.
He said that the active support of the royal fathers would enable members of the public to come forward with information on bad eggs in the society.
He explained that since security officers could not be everywhere all the time, Nigerians should develop the habit of offering information that could lead to the arrest of insurgents.
Mr. Ihejirika said the Nigeria Army and other security agencies were in dire need of intelligence reports from members of the public.
He explained that such information would enable the security agencies to come out with a formidable security method for peace, progress, and political stability.