Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor
The Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, says Nigeria was currently reviewing its operational engagements in various theatres across the country.
In a statement issued by the Director of Defence Information, Benjamin Sawyerr, on Friday in Abuja, Mr Irabor said this at a security meeting with military veterans in Asaba, Delta.
“We are going to leverage the success and benefit to improve on security and safety of lives and properties.
“The operational engagements of DELTA SAFE which is in synergy with other internal security arrangements are impacting on the peculiar security challenges which are illegal oil bunkering, piracy, among others,” Mr Irabor said.
The meeting is tagged, ‘CDS Interactive Session with Retired Senior Military Officers in the South South Geo-political zone’.
The CDS said the security meeting will focus on engaging critical stakeholders such as royal fathers, some of who were retired senior officers and among the participants to take some tips arising from the interaction in sensitising their subjects.
He said the security meeting which began in the South West, has been of great benefit to the Armed forces, and that the various engagements have guided the military high command in reviewing its operational doctrines and plans.
The CDS said the military will continue to foster the right atmosphere for other stakeholders to holistically combat the myriad of security threats in the region.
According to him, there are other engagements that are holding behind the scene, as they have assessed that kinetic efforts are only a part of the solution.
“There is non-kinetic approach which forms part of the engagement that is focused on the holistic solutions to the challenges in the Niger Delta region,” he added.
Also speaking, the Chief of Defence Civil Military Cooperation (CDCIMIC), Fredrick Ogu, said retired officers were better positioned to understand security issues in their domain, and offer professional counsel on likely strategies to tackle security threats.