President Bola Tinubu, has been urged to appoint a former Minister of Interior and Ex-Chief of Army Staff, Rtd Lieutenant General, Abdulrahman Dambazau as Minister of Defence.
This is contained in a statement signed by a security expert and the Coordinator of a Non Governmental Organization, the Ben Lion Heart Vanguard, Dr. Ben Williams in Abuja.
The statement describes the former Chief of Army Staff “as the best man to supervise the Nigerian military.
It also identifies General Danbazzau as an officer whose loyalty to the Nigerian State, the constitution and national security has remained impeccable”.
It adds that giving General Dambazzau the opportunity to serve will provide professional oversight on security as he harnesses the military resource he understands very well, to stabilize Nigeria internally and otherwise.
The statement notes further that the country needs a patriot at this time to carry out purposeful security oversight with precision to ensure the safety of Nigerians and their property”.
“General Danbazzau’s positive impact on the various commands and public offices he held have remained a footprint of reference in good and exemplary leadership and he did not perform less as minister of interior in institutional/public administration.
“The former minister of interior created a situation room for the coordination of activities of all security and public safety agencies, for a seamless response to emergencies, anywhere they may arise.
“Another footprint was that he led the US-Nigeria Security Sector Initiatives for the reforms of the security sector in response to emergencies, Defence procurements, and activities in the northeast.
“Beside these he developed the idea of establishing the institute of domestic security for the strategic training of senior officers in security agencies.
“For Dambazzau, national security was a critical stabilizing factor for national development, thus, to allow for easy national security, he proposed the idea of production of passports in Nigeria rather than overseas to make passports cheaper for Nigerians and also protect the database.
“While Nigeria has a pool of officers who may be deemed qualified for this task, it was of national interest and promotion of national security that the association deemed it fit to draw the attention of the president to.put a square peg in a square hole, in the person of General Abdulrahman Danbazzau at this juncture of our national life.
“The General’s contribution was immense during the presidential campaigns. This started with the keenly contested National Convention that saw the emergence of the President as the presidential candidate for the APC.
Georgina Humphrey, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Bukky Alabi
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