General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), is seeking a well equipped and trained military to tackle insecurity.
The former head of State made this call in a statement on Sunday, May 16.
He further said that he has been engaging and advising the government without making it public.
He said it is imperative for the citizens to support government and the military in order to bring an end to the security crisis.
Babangida said, “There are many things they (Government) need to put right. If they agree to sit down and think over, I believe success will be achieved.” adding that it is important to rally round the soldiers and other security agents.
“Provide them with all they require and let them know this is their country, they’ve no other better than this.
“Nigerian soldiers need modern weapons and they also need to be trained on how to use the modern weapons; not to get weapons and just hand over to them. They should be trained,” he said.
According to him, “We give advice as we can but we don’t make noise about it. We don’t announce that this is what we say. We should unite, we should support those in power, we are all working towards achieving the same goal. Between the leaders and citizens, we need peace and a harmonious relationship.
“It’s not only in Nigeria, many countries encountered this kind of problem; some had it for ten years but through concerted effort, they are out of it. I believe we can get out of this problem. Both citizens and those governing are trying; but we should know that it is not an easy task.”