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Leaders warned against provocative remarks

22 July 2014, 17:50

Abuja - The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, on Monday warned religious and political leaders to desist from making provocative statements.

Dasuki, who was represented by retired Col. Sarki Bello, the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism, said "unscrupulous Nigerians who were exploiting the situation for their selfish interest will not be spared and any incisive utterances by religious or political leaders will not be tolerated.

"I warn these elements to desist from their unholy acts against the corporate interest of Nigeria. We should always report suspicious activities to the security agencies and be more security conscious.

"It is also the duty of patriotic citizens to cooperate and collaborate with the security agencies in providing intelligence reports," he said.

He said that the cooperation of all citizens at this period was crucial in forestalling the security challenges.

Dasuki said that the purpose of the workshop was to improve security awareness and to defeat terrorism in the country.

The NSA said that the government had put in place adequate measures to contain terrorism, religious intolerance, pastoralist’s farmers’ conflicts, corruption and other related vices endangering the well-being and corporate existence of Nigerians.

According to him, the government is currently alerting the general public on the use of female suicide bombers by Boko Haram.

He said that the Boko Haram insurgents also had a new strategy of hitting high population centres to record high mortality to get publicity.

The NSA advised members of the public to avoid high density gatherings, video and recreational centres, adding that the public were not left in the campaign against insecurity.


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