NATIONAL Chairman of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Senator Emmanuel Ibokessien has said the British government must properly define the type of help it would offer Nigeria to stem the worrisome security situation in the country.
Ibokessien, who made the remark on Wednesday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State while reacting to a statement by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing that the UK Government was prepared to help the country win the war against insecurity, said the help could not be a blanket offer.
He advised that as a sovereign country, that Nigeria must be very careful and make sure it doesn’t expose its internal security to external people.
His words, “They said they have been offering help in the Northeast already, and now they want to cover entire Nigeria, they have to define properly the type of help they want to offer in the security of the country, it cannot just be a blanket offer.
” They have to define and agree with Nigeria, and Nigeria has to review and see whether what they have to offer will really help. There is a need for the country to be careful about the kind of assistance it receives as far as security is concerned.
“So there is nothing wrong if they want to help, but Nigerians will also clearly defined what type of assistance they will accept from them. You don’t have to expose your house to an outsider. That is the issue”