Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the government needs to review its conventional means of dealing with the security challenges rocking the country.
Osinbajo stated this while answering questions from newsmen on his arrival at Lafia, Nasarawa State, for a one-day official visit.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said the VP was reacting to the recent beheading of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram.
This was contained in the statement titled “Terrorist attack on farming community in Borno: We will do all it takes to secure Nigeria, Osinbajo says.”
The vice-president admitted that the federal government needs to do more on “local intelligence” and community policing.
Osinbajo said: “As the President said, this group of people acted insanely in such a dastardly manner, killing innocent people, people who had gone to their farms to work.
“I spoke to the governor, Governor Babagana Zulum, and the former Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima, to express my condolence, but more importantly, to try and think through ways of dealing with this kind of random attacks.
“It’s important to understand also that we will probably need to keep reviewing the conventional means of dealing with some of these issues, these security challenges, especially the randomness.
“This is why the President has said that he is taking a serious look at how to deal with the issues, especially the randomness: some insane person goes into a place and shoot people, that is not the sort of thing that you are prepared for conventionally.
“We have to do a lot more local intelligence and some of the community policing efforts we are planning on, so that information is supplied faster, especially at the local level and then a reaction will then be possible.
“It is a major tragedy; it’s a very unfortunate thing and our hearts are with the family of those who were killed in such a terrible manner.
“We are very confident and the Federal Government will continue to do what it needs to do especially in terms of trying to ensure security in the North East and all over Nigeria.
“You’ve heard the President and what he has to say, especially some of the new ideas around security and the security architecture which we are trying to put in place. We will get there.”