Terror Advisory :
— President Buhari

“…Irrespective of what the western nations are saying, Nigeria is safe as our security agencies have firm control over security issues and any impending threats. They are more than capable to thrash it”

“The DSS is dedicated to the indissolubility of Nigeria. We are committed to the indivisibility of Nigeria”.
-DG DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi

By Charles Edet

NationalDetectivemagazine.ng.com , NOVEMBER 4, 2022

Notwithstanding the panic actions prompted by the US, UK and subsequent evacuation of its citizens and other multi nationals, based on the security advisory of a terror attack in the Federal Capital Territory, President Muhammadu Buhari for the umpteenth time has called on Nigerians to remain calm and as well assured the populace that Nigeria’s security agencies are very much on top of neutralizing all the threats.

“Irrespective of what the western nations are saying, Nigeria is safe as our security agencies have firm control over security issues and any impending threats. They are more than capable to thrash it”, President Buhari said.

Buhari said this on Wednesday at Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), conference hall in Abuja while declaring open, a 3-day strategic communication conference of the 36 State and FCT Commandants, provosts of training schools and public relations officers of the NSCDC.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, at the conference asked Nigerians to ignore the report on “rising insecurity” by some members in the international community.

President Buhari urged Nigerians to completely disregard the false alarm raised by the international countries including the travel advisory recently issued by the United States and United Kingdom governments, which instilled fear amongst the citizenry.
Speaking on
managing conflict sensitive information, the president encouraged chief executives in public and private sectors by urging them to have confidence and grant unhindered access to their image makers.
The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi in his address, described the theme of the conference “Managing Strategic Conflict Communications amid Insecurity for Organizational Development” as the ability to speak boldly on security challenges confronting the nation, Nigeria.
The NSCDC Boss,said Nigeria has passed through the threshold of security challenges emanating from the Boko Haram activities, banditry, kidnapping and Herders-farmers clashes, frequent assault on key national assets and infrastructure, oil bunkering, electrical/communication installations vandalism and many more.

The Director General, Department of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Magaji Bichi who was represented by Dr Peter Afunanya, the DSS Spokesman said, the Service would continue to pursue its mandate without fear or favour.
He used the occasion to reinforce the denial of his agency’s purported collaboration with personnel of the US Army to raid the Trademore Mega Estate in Abuja on a sting.
He categorically, affirmed that such never happened, he said that the “Nigerian Army is competent to partner in such operations”

Afunanya, said; “The DSS will continue to pursue its mandate without fear. We shall do this without any form of obstruction. Disinformation has come to stay. People will cast narratives that are fake and we have to rise up to the challenge.
“Recently, some persons said the DSS carried out an operation with a foreign military. It is not true. There was nothing like that. There was never a time the DSS carried out such operation. We have an army that is strong and we will continue to work with our own army should such need arise. If we need to work with the NSCDC or Police, we shall do that. Where we need to work alone, we shall do that without any fear. Our mandate is clear and sacrosanct. Nigeria is the religion of the DSS.

“The DSS is dedicated to the indissolubility of Nigeria. We are committed to the indivisibility of Nigeria”.

On the DSS training programs in its newly established institute for security, the Commandant of the institute AS Adeleke, presented the progress and achievements of the institute.
He stated that no fewer than seven African countries are seeking inclusion in the training curricular of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Abuja, the executive training arm of Nigeria’s Department of State Services DSS.

The Commandant of the NISS, said many African countries have shown increasing interest in activities at the institute noting that five participants from four African countries are part of the institute’s Executive Management Course EMC 15 set to graduate soon.
Flanked by the Deputy Commandant David Egbeji, Prof. M. Maduagwu and Dr AA Karim, Mr Adeleke said;
“As I speak, seven countries from Africa have approached us to give them slots. In the next few years, I am hoping that we will have the whole of Africa coming to attend courses in this institute. In fact, the head of the security institute in The Gambia, Osman Jalo is a graduate of this institute”, he stated.
According to him, the 10-month long Executive Management Course 15 which began in February this year would come to an end on December 3 with a graduation lecture to be delivered by foremost Pan-Africanist, Prof. Patrick Lumumba and a book launch in honour of the Director General State Services DGSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
On the security preparation for the event, Mr Adeleke said; “We are all in Abuja and we have seen what the security agencies have put in place. Back to the hype on insecurity, the security agencies know what they are doing and we are assuring everybody coming for this programme of adequate security before, during and after. We are not working in isolation but with other security agencies”

Adeleke added that 78 participants including five participants from Rwanda, Niger, Ghana and Gambia, the military, paramilitary, regulatory agencies and MDAs would be graduating.
“For the course, we have modules on security, intelligence, strategic studies and others.
“The theme of the course this year is Global Climate Challenge: Prospects and Priorities for Economic Development and Conflict Resolution in Africa.”

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