Olonisakin made the call while speaking at the 2015 Nigerian Navy Research and development seminar in Abuja, with the theme; ‘Innovation and Research and Development (R&D): Turning Bright Ideas to Operational Solutions’.
He challenged the research departments of the armed forces and other security agencies in the country to come up with viable and up to date technology in terms of equipment and platforms to help curtail insurgency and other crimes in the country.
He said, “The issue of suicide bombings that we have been witnessing is as a result of the pressure on the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.
“They are now aiming at the soft targets, and Nigerians must be security conscious and report any suspicious movement around them, because security is everybody’s business especially the face we are in now.”
Olonisakin emphasised that, “the pressure have been on terrorists and they are fanning out, and, in the process of fanning out, they are hitting the soft targets”.
The CDS however urged members of the public to be wary, security conscious, and as well as report any area where they observe suspicious movement or activities.
Speaking on the effort put in place for the rescue of the Chibok girls, the Defence Chief said, “we are to ensure that everyone that has been probably abducted or even conscripted by the Boko Haram terrorists are brought safely including the Chibok girls. That is our desire and that is what we are working towards.”
He disclosed that the military was working to come up with a strategy to effectively tackle vandalism, illegal bunkering and every issue associated with oil and gas as it plans to improve the security of the sector.
While commenting on the theme of the conference, Olonisakin said, “Today our nation is faced with security related issues; as a result it is challenged by multi facet threats with great manifestations especially in the North eastern region and in the maritime environment.
“These challenges will require enormous material resources to surmount them. Accordingly the research and development efforts of the Nigerian Armed forces would be more than ever before demanded as to innovate towards attainment of self reliance in line with the strategic vision of the President.
“It is most gratifying to note that there is desire and aspiration by the Nigerian navy to transform itself through the tools of research and development for enhanced operational efficiency.”
By Patrick Aigbokhan