Inter-agency Rivalry Inimical to National Security, Says Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has decried the growing rivalry among security operatives in the country and called for a change of attitude by the operatives in the interest of the nation’s national security goals.
Speaking in Jos, Plateau State, at the Second Expert and Eminent Group Meeting 2013 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, the governor called for what he called security sector synergy and cooperation.
He said, in a paper titled: “Towards a Comprehensive National Security Strategy”, he said synergy remains the antidote for the needed capability to adequately confront the varied and complex security  threats facing the country.
He expressed disgust over the frequent clashes between operatives of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Police, and between the Police and the Military, saying such  deadly rivalries were uncalled for, and have no place in a progressive national security paradigm.
He said, “But for synergy to develop, it is also important to even possess a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes the security community and the security sector; formal and informal. Despite the preponderance of joint task forces composed of elements from the military, security and law enforcement bureaucracies dealing with various multiple situations, there is a need for continued cooperation between different agencies.”
Such cooperation, according to the Governor can be promoted through formal institutional channels such as the strengthening of the National Security Adviser’s office and the National Security Council.
He added that such synergy can also be promoted by the establishment of a national intelligence database under the office of the national security adviser with shared access by designated agencies creating a common pool of information that precludes wasteful duplication of effort.
In his keynote address, the National President of Alumni Association of National Institute (AANI), Major General Lawrence Onoja commended the federal government for initiating the process to implement previous Commissions/Panels of Inquiry into civil disturbances.
General observed that failure to implement recommendations of past reports itself is a fuel for crisis that portrays the government condoning impunity and charged the government to expedite action on the full implementation.
He pointed out that inadequate institutional synergy is a major challenges impeding on the capacities of the various security operatives in the country to protect and secure e lives and property of citizens.
“These problems arose from years of regime protection by these agencies to the detriment of the citizens. This has made it difficult for the populace to trust the security agencies with information since it can easily be used to suppress them” he noted.