Defence minister to security agencies: Tackle spread of hate speeches by notable Nigerians

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The Minister of Defence, Muhammad Dan-Ali has called on relevant security agencies in the country to urgently confront the propagation of hate speeches especially through the social media particularly by some notable Nigerians.

He made this call on Thursday during a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with heads of the nation’s security forces at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Minister’s PRO, Colonel Tukur Gusau said, in a statement, that his principal told the security council meeting that the armed forces is currently synergising with other security agencies through intelligence sharing and joint operations to address the various security challenges in Nigeria.

While lauding Buhari for the sustained funding of the military to perform its constitutional role especially now that Nigeria is fighting multiple security challenges, he stated that the three services have in the past two years enlisted and recruited qualified Nigerians.

Dan-Ali was quoted as saying, “In compliance with the presidential directive for the establishment of National Commission on the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the country. The Ministry of Defence in conjunction with the office of the National Security Adviser has set up a committee to work out modalities to transform the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM) to a National Commission.

“Similarly, during the period under review the Military Pension Verification Exercise was conducted in all the 36 states and FCT. The process enabled the Military Pension Board to update its data payroll and ensure financial savings for the Government.

“The Minister also briefed the council on the update of the Presidential visit to Royal Kingdom of Jordan from 2-3 December 2017.  The visit provided an avenue for implementation of agreement for the procurement of Excess Defence Articles from Jordan. The Agreement entails rebuilding and modernisation of some of our military platforms.”

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