Former chief of army staff, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has stated that national security is not only about the protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a state, but includes the well-being and security of the people.
Dambazau, who made the remarks at a seminar on leadership in national security yesterday in Abuja, noted that some security challenges require good governance as solution, rather than the use of force.
“It is not every security issue that we can solve with the use of force. There are certain issues of security that require just the application of conflict resolution mechanisms,” he said.
“There are certain issues of security that require just good governance like the issues of health, education, environment and so on, to tackle. So, once you get some of these issues right, you are bound to reduce violence within the society. You are bound to reduce criminality, violence and so on and so forth.”
Dambazau said civilians have a role to play in national security and called for the strengthening of all government institutions to enable them carry out their responsibilities effectively. He urged participants to show commitment to the course, with a view to proffering solutions to some of the security challenges in Nigeria.