“Everyone has a role to play in Maritime security” – BRAVEIT Patron
“Everyone has a role to play in Maritime security.” – BRAVEIT Patron
Dr. Abubakar Mohammed, Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, Publisher, and Patron of Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVEIT), has said Maritime security must be a collective responsibility of all citizens in the country.
The Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist said that Nigerians and the Navy must work together to make sure that Nigeria’s oceans are always safe.
Dr. Sani stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at a press conference on counter-terrorism and maritime safety under Buhari.
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He said, “At the moment, we are trying to see the kinetic approach to use.” There is a need to employ a non-creative approach, namely the carrot, rather than the stick-to-stick approach. Locally, everyone has a role to play. “When you see something, say something, and you must always stand up and show that this is where you belong.”
He said the Navy has frustrated attacks by insurgents across waters in the Northeast as Borno residents now do their daily businesses without fear of attack from pirates.
Dr. Sani said that the Navy’s work has led to many insurgents giving up, and that the Nigerian Navy is still the best in Africa.
He praised the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, for his unique way of leading the Nigerian Navy and said that his way of doing things has helped the Navy do well.
He said, “The Nigerian Navy is one of the best in Africa.” So to me personally, their performance so far is just excellent. “The Chief of Naval Staff is doing well, and we are asking him to do more.”
Highlighting the duties of BRAVEIT, Dr. Sani said it is aimed at helping communities take a stand against terrorism, insurgency, and banditry and to identify with the government at the security level, where everybody must contribute.
Professor Alifa Dikwa, who was in charge of the event, said that the Navy is a quiet achiever whose work can be seen in the safety of Nigerian waters.