The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has revealed some of his plans to combat insecurity in Nigeria if he emerges president in 2023.
This was made known on Friday during the inauguration of his 80-page manifesto tagged “Renewed Hope 2023, Action Plan for a Better Nigeria.”
Tinubu revealed plans to establish a highly trained and disciplined special forces anti-terrorist battalion to fight the terrorists and insurgents.
The APC candidate further promised to strengthen the capacity of the military and other security forces by making modern equipment available to them and recruit the right people into the system.
He said: “Highly trained and disciplined anti-terrorist battalions (ABATTS) with special forces units will be created. Their objective shall be to seize the strategic and tactical initiative, giving terrorists, kidnappers and bandits.
“Military units will be better equipped with tactical communications gear and new vehicles to give them a greater communications and mobility advantage over criminals, bandits and terrorists.
“We will further modernise our Armed Forces by ensuring that our weapons systems (land, sea and air) are capable of addressing current and anticipated security threats in the modern world. This shall also mean the recruitment of people who possess the technical skills required for today’s military.”
It will be recalled Naija News earlier reported that Tinubu also promised to reform the Police Force.
He said if he wins the 2023 election, he would ensure roles not expected to be played by Police operatives would be taken away from them.
According to him, this would be part of his reforms in the Police force and in the nation’s internal security architecture as a whole.
The former Lagos State Governor said such roles would be transferred to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) which is the agency created and empowered by law for such.
According to him, Police operatives are not supposed to engage in VIP security and guard duties.