More men, arms for military to battle insecurity – Osinbajo

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More men and arms are to be injected into the armed forces.

There will also be increased surveillance and funding, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday.

Besides, the armed forces will collaborate with local vigilante to enhance security.

Osinbajo spoke on Monday in the wake of Sunday’s “Prayer Walk” by Christians in protest against killings and upsurge of insecurity in the country.

The “Prayer Walk” called by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) was led in Lagos by General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Thousands of RCCG parishes nationwide participated after a prayer for the nation by Adeboye during the thanksgiving service, beamed live to all parishes of the church.

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On Monday, there were many instances of security breaches across the country. (See box).

Osinbajo, who spoke during the visit to the Villa, of clergymen under the auspices of Arewa Pastors Forum for Peace, was quoted by his spokesman Laolu Akande, as assuring Christians that the Federal Government was “handling security well”.

The Vice President said: “We are doing everything that needs to be done.

Prof. Osinbajo assured the clergymen that the Federal Government is also committed to finding lasting solutions to the perennial crisis in communities in the North and other parts of the country, including the ones bothering on religious prejudices.

He urged the group as ‘Men of God,” to also come up with ideas and their thoughts on how to find lasting peace.

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President of the Forum, Bishop Mbayo Japhet, said the group’s visit to the Presidential Villa was to support the administration and the vice president. They described him as an apostle of peace.

Also on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly agreed on a better funding of the police to properly carry out its duties as the statutory body in charge of internal security.

The decision was taken after a meeting at the Aso Villa on Monay.

President Buhari met with Senate President Ahmed Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila for over one hour.

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The meeting was sequel to the anger shown by federal lawmakers last week during plenary on the state of the nation’s security.

The lawmakers called for the resignation of Service Chiefs or their removal by the President.

They also mandated their leadership to convey their views to the President.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Gbajabiamila said: “We are talking, even just right now we have gone on to set up a committee that will periodically review the issue of security, maybe once a month or once in six weeks, which will involve the two arms of government and the party.

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