Boko Haram: Nigeria ‘under siege’ – Defence Minister

Defence Minister, Aliyu Gusau

Aliyu Gusau urges collective effort in tackling terrorism

The Minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau, said on Wednesday that Nigeria was ‘under siege’ and called for collective effort in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the country.

Mr. Gusau made the call at the graduation dinner/award night for Course 22 Participants of the National Defence College, NDC, in Abuja.

“It is not just government and security services that are in the war, it is our country that is under siege.

“It is our war and war can only be won if we keep a united front, while we are concerned about our present we should also think of our future.
“The current challenges in some part of the country remind us that military might alone is not enough to ensure peace,’’ he said.

Mr. Gusau, however, said that military power was essential to ensure stability without which it would be impossible to build and sustain peace.

The minister said without the support of the people, especially the locals, the unseen enemies in an insurgency would retain the perception that they had the upper hand.

He said the armed forces required the total and unequivocal support of generality of Nigerians for their actions to remain legitimate.

On training, Mr. Gusau said government was focused on renewed collaboration with the NDC to ensure that senior officers of the military were properly trained to enable them face the challenge of terror

“To you the graduating participants, I have cause to believe that you have all earned the right to be conferred with the qualification of Fellow of Defence College (FDC),’’ he said.

Mr. Gusau stressed that innovation and foresight were needed to curb emerging security threats in the 21st century.

He expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the college in the areas of training, research and development as well as for retaining its position as the centre of excellence.

Awards were given to staff and participants who had distinguished themselves.

A total of 139 participants, including 15 foreign participants, would graduate from the college on August 8.

(NAN)


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  • Rommel

    So Nigeria has a minister of defense? just asking

    • larry

      Hhahahah i taught as well ,we the fack has gusau who is one of the architect and sponsors of BOKO harm been hiding. Just notice how he never calls the name of Boko haram .Gausau your time will soon come to an end.

    • Ms. Vivian

      General Aliyu Gusau is clueless. Nigeria will be a better place with a new Defence Minister.

  • Spoken word

    Why do these guys keep telling us what we already know.

  • redeem

    The boko haram war started right under the nose, eyes and ears of Gusau in 2002-while Obj was busy laying his sons wife-they did nothing–right there in their midst- did Yusuf leader of boko haram- murder Pastor Ijeh—-while Zamfara state took us through their sharia law-rubbish——————-Today the very governor who helped to impose sharia law in a secular country-like 9ja—Imam Yerima–is a leading figure in APC————Besides-what do we have a Minister of Defence for–when he cannot even tell us where to locate the footpaths of boko haram in the fulani north–Gusau should please present-to us the type of marketing mix he used in selling himself to Ijaw man-Jonathan–the entire elites in the Fulani north including Dasuki–are just pretending-not to know a thing about boko haram–all of them including the sultan ati Emir of APC emirate in Kano- Alpha-sanusi knows where to locate them–should the war stop today–the cheap political polint APC has been using to win souls in Kano ati the awooof money that they have been making from d boko haram crisis–would end–So the War must continue unabated ——At least, HAVE the soldiers in the Niger delta not been disturbing us with daily news of their exploits against bunkerers who refuse to settle them—?————–why cant they do same in the fulani North with boko haram-fire dasuki ati gusau——-period-

    • Shehu

      WHY NOT THE IJAWS? DON’T THEY HAVE THE COMMANDER IN-CHIEF (THIEF)? SO IT’S CLEAR NOW THAT HE CANNOT NOT DO THE JOB.

      • redeem

        @wahala aka shehu———————as assistant commander in chief of aso rock–VP–to yara adua—-Jonathan left for camp 5 to meet with————–the militants in the Niger Delta—————–Alams ex governor of Bayelsa state—took a boat a ride——in search of hostages–on the high sea—and he did find them—at the risk of his life——tell us the number of times Shettima-the governor of Borno state-who left for london hours after the chibok girls were abducted by APC agent-s-took similar risk with the aid of buhari-ati tinubu—if u as an agent of APC– already knows where the boko haram fighters are-hiding-why are u blaming the commander in chief for the boko haram war—then—-Ijaws collectively brought the war in d niger delta to an end—–Fear fear-Ibo man hiding under the name of a fulani shehu—-to post –comments–bloody coward-go and stop the movement of yr people back home–did they not leave the North after akaluka was beheaded by sanusi-under the rule of abacha-what happened–later ————they returned hours later—-

        • Wähala

          You’re a very sttupid baztard for mentioning my name, do you think I will let you off the hook as usual? Join your two senseless rants above and judge for yourself if they mean anything relative to topical issue. Drunk, nobody reads your comments anymore, give up. That’s why Punch, SaharaR, Vanguard, Nation and every self-respecting new outfit have all banned you from their sites… you’re a dunce and redundant nuisance. Only thing I don’t understand is, why PT still allows your folly here. Ediot. Omo ale… oloshi, olori buruku. Where’s my Delta Queen? If you goons get to her, better tell Dumbo I will personally come after his drooling chimp ahse.

          • redeem

            @wahala——————If a cannibal like u can come here and abuse the president–with the aid of online media outfits–without any stopping u-a human chewing pig like u —who often describes the president of the federal republic of nigeria as a dumbo— then blacklist those who challenge-u on sharia reporters–then something must be wrong with the media in Nigeria————–I have challenged every single writer–from Okey yr Ibo brother to sonala–the edo piece of rag-to pope pius–happily some of them are changing their aggressive way of –attacking the president for APC—Follow follow animals like u who change their names like baby nappies-often pretending to be fulani–at times yoruba–then ibo—who like oby cannot even defend the ibos who are being slaughtered like rats in the fulani–north-by boko haram———-now yearns to be noticed by the janjaweeds in APC-with yr childish rantings–abi–Its Ok for u to abuse the president–and wrong for us to challenge u–abi— well leave APC alone and defend yr Ibo brothers in Jos ati Borno-that is my message to yr 419 infested ibo brain—what u will not vote for jonathan again abi–that is yr blood y business–is yr second name not blackmail-animal

        • Shehu

          I AM NOT SURPRISED AT YOUR RESPONSE BECAUSE YOU CANNOT COMPREHEND SIMPLE EXPLANATION. I TOLD YOU SEVERAL TIMES THAT THIS IS SHEHU, A FULANI MUSLIM YOU HATE WITH RAGE NOT WAHALA. WE HAVE SEEN HOW COMMANDERS IN CHIEF ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WHEN LATE ‘YARADUA (RIP) STEERED THE LEADERSHIP THAT CRUSHED THE BOKO HARAM UPRISING IN 2009 AND END THE MILITANCY IN THE NIGER DELTA COURTESY OF HIS GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS. HOWEVER, THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT UNDER THIS CLUELESS DUMBO JONAHARAM IS TOO INCOMPETENT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. WE HAVE SEEN A PRESIDENT WHO DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THE CITIZENS. THE DUMBO WAS IN KANO DANCING IN A POLITICAL RALLY JUST LESS THAN 24 HOURS WHEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN NYANYA BOMBING AND GIRLS ABDUCTED. PRIOR TO THIS, MORE 50 STUDENTS WERE SLAUGHTERED IN FGC BUNI YADI IN YOBE, BUT UP TILL TODAY THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT VISITED THE AREA TO COMMISERATE WITH THE FAMILIES. THE ISSUE OF VISITING THE CHIBOK GIRLS’ PARENTS IS THE MOST DISHEARTENING. IT TOOK “HER EXCELLENCY” MALALA, THE 17 YEAR OLD TEENAGE GIRL (DON’T FORGET HE IS PAKISTANI NOT NIGERIAN) TO TELL THE OGOGORO HEAD TO MEET WITH THE PARENTS. IS THIS HOW A COMMANDER IN-CHIEF SHOULD BE? MAYBE THAT IS HOW HE SHOULD BE IN IJAW UNDERSTANDING. WELL WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT THE TRUTH IS THAT ANY SANE PERSON KNOWS THAT THIS DUMBO IS A TOTAL FAILURE AND HE MUST TAKE THE BLAME FOR FAILING TO LEAD AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY SECURITY FOR THE CITIZENS. TAKE YOUR IGNORANCE TO THE CREEKS. BIGOT!!

  • Wähala

    Gen. Aliyu Gusau has outlived his usefulness in government due to over re-cycling akin to late Rilwan Lukman. Gusau feels the office of NSA or Defense is his personal prerogative. He and his son-in-law, NSA Dasuki, along with this crop of service chiefs should and must be removed for any type of progress to be recorded in the fight against the BH insurgents. Gusua is an arrogant goon and a brainless clown on matters of security. Selfish baztard, parked the only available APV in front of his town house and said, ‘shikena’…others can die like flies, none of his business. Aliyu Gusau is one incompetent Aboki we don’t need in government, he is long past his productive years… he’s a fossil. A rusty and over-used one at that. Shege… Banza!

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Gusau has demistified himself for accepting to serve this currupt government. He is now useless and has no respect since he cannot stay out of government even at the expense of serving people without direction and foresight. Now he, Sambo Dasuki and Gen. Sarkin Yaki are part of the sokoto gang who have lost respect in the north. They are bunch of useless people who are willing to watch their people being killed because of their pocket.

    • larry

      You young nothern youths have all been deceived of the invisibility of your leaders.They all have their hand in the cookie jar of oil wells in the south ,thus they have all succeeded in brian washing young men like you and creating an army of almajeri .Hahaha dont be deceived they are not fighting for the north.Bunduma ,Sorry for your soul ,what an irony .

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