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Insecurity: VP Shettima calls for global alliance against domestic threats

Insecurity: VP Shettima calls for global alliance against do

Nigeria's Vice President, Kashim Shettima has called for global alliance against domestic threats to safeguard lives and preserve peace in the country.

The vice president who noted the challenges of terrorism, climate change and cyber crime, among other global crises said there was a need for African countries to work together in facing the challenges.

Shettima made the call on Saturday during the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 16, 2023 of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) in Abuja.

He said: "Every part of the world today has been working around the clock to form alliances to stop external aggressions and forge solutions to domestic threats. 

"This practical approach is crucial to tame crises and drive stability. 

"However, none of these aspirations can be realised without the stewardship of trained minds at the helm of institutions tasked with the solemn duty of making decisions to safeguard lives, defend properties, and preserve peace. This is why we are here. 

"You are here because you have chosen to be the custodians of this responsibility, the torchbearers of knowledge and expertise essential for steering the course towards a safer world. 

"Your presence here today is, without a doubt, a celebration—a celebration of the integration of strategic ideas and decisive action, the cornerstone upon which a secure and harmonious world stands poised to thrive.

"Anything that disrupts wheat production in Asia, crude oil production in the Middle East or commodity market in Africa brings consequences for the entire world. 

"I have learned that this cohort, the sixteenth of the flagship program in this institution, has studied the consequences of our existence in a globalized economy on our sustainable development, and I am impressed by your ambition. 

"We have found ourselves not only at the crossroads of an era where the world has become a global village, connected through an invisible web of technological advancements, economic interdependence, and social exchange but also challenged to prepare for the disruptions that come with it."

He further restated the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration's commitment to protecting the citizens of the country.

He added that: "We are tasked with the responsibility of protecting our people as transnational crime, terrorism, climate change, and pandemics loom large as formidable adversaries. 

"We don't need a balance of threat theorist to remind us that these geopolitical tensions demand a collective, cohesive response. 

"We have proven again and again that we can never be an annex of any invidious group or be held ransom by any evil ideology. 

"We have averted descent into a war economy because of this conviction, and believe that modern warfare isn't waged on the field alone." 

Stanley Nkwocha, the Vice President's Spokesperson made this known in a statement on Saturday.

According Nkwocha, the Commandant of the NISS, Ayodele Adeleke explained that the Executive Management Course is aimed at producing committed managers of security, describing the graduation ceremony as a milestone in the professional development of the graduands. 

He added that out of the 89 participants of the course, six were from African countries, "but died before the end of the 10 month course."

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