The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has said that the President Buhari Federal Government is not serious about addressing the security challenges currently bedeviling the country, 36 .
Senator Ndume, during a Press briefing in Abuja, stated that the workforce of the Security Agencies in the country, is not enough to adequately cater for the entire Nigerian population.
The Borno South Senator, who asked for more troops to be recruited, said that having less than 800,000 Security Operatives, including para-Military, for a population of more than 200 million people, is too low.
His words: “The number of Security Personnel in the country, including Customs, Immigration, Police, Army, etc, is not up to 800,000, in a country with a population of 200 million, a country like that is not serious in terms of addressing security challenges.
“The Nigerian Army that are engaged in more than 32 States in this country right now, because of the need to address some of the serious security threat, are not up to 160,000. The Nigerian Police total population is not up to 400,000, in a country where you have security threat here and there, and everywhere.”
He advised the Federal Government to prioritise the country’s security, adding that, peace does not come cheap.