The federal government has asked for understanding and cooperation from Nigerians in the current war against terrorists who are creating a state of insecurity in the country.

Home Affairs Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the appeal in Abuja while receiving a delegation of the executive members of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in its office in Abuja, led by the President, Mallam Sirajo Muktar.

The minister, who assured Nigerians that everything was being done to contain the insurgency and other security concerns, told the Nigerians that it was because the insurgents in the Northeast have been dealt with seriously and their perceived visibility has been seriously tarnished that some of their escapees to other place.

He assured the Nigerians that the federal government is determined to take the necessary steps to stop the situation.

He therefore called for cooperation in reporting any information that could endanger the well-being of civilians or violate the peace to the nearest security forces around them.

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“Don’t keep secret security information to yourself, but report to the nearby security services,” he said.

Aregbesola also took the opportunity to announce the federal government’s intention to keep the passport issuance and renewal sound and his ministry’s determination to eradicate the corruption associated with obtaining the travel document.

According to him, citizens should visit the Immigration Service Portal to register online for the issuance of passports.

The process, the minister said, is not only seamless, while the online application under the new scheme aims to improve transparency and eradicate corruption.

He also warned the public to stop patronizing touts or uniform officers when processing their passports, as their actions are illegal and unjustified because they are only interested in making money from the people.

Speaking about measures being taken to speed up the purchase of passports, he said more data capture centers will be opened in the country’s six geopolitical zones to alleviate the difficulties encountered during e-passport processing.

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As part of a concerted effort by the federal government to secure the lives and property of Nigerians and ensure a positive public perception of its activities, Aregbesola also expressed his ministry’s willingness to work with relevant stakeholders, including the NIPR , in raising public awareness and focusing their energies on national development.

He hinted that specific areas of cooperation would include training officers and men of the Ministry and its agencies in effective communication, public relations and rapid reporting of the Ministry’s activities to the general public in order to maintain its positive image.

The minister also urged the Institute to step up its game and play a leading role in disseminating information and promoting positive stories about the government’s efforts.

He added that the NIPR is best suited for a prominent role in balanced information, interactive and perception management and development information, which are much needed at this critical time of the nation’s development; especially as our country faces serious security challenges that will be better solved by the news that inspires and unites us as one nation with one destiny

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Earlier, Mallam Sirajo Muktar, President of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), has stated that the association was in the Ministry to seek cooperation and partnership in view of the revolutionary changes and giant strides that the current government is taking through the Ministry and its agencies.

He praised the minister and his team for their brave efforts to address the current security threats in the country.

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