Buhari laments "seriousness and urgency" of security challenges in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In the wake of unrelenting security challenges, especially the killings by herdsmen in parts of the country, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday summoned a meeting of the National Security Council at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting also came two days after the Boko Haram terrorist group freed three University of Maiduguri lecturers and 10 police wives it abducted some months ago following intricate negotiation brokered by the International Red Cross Society.

Details of the security meeting were not made public and none of the participants who included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and heads of military and paramilitary agencies, was willing to talk to the press.

However, in his official Twitter handle, President Buhari posted that the meeting was in appreciation of the "seriousness and urgency" of the security challenges and the need to find durable solutions that can regain the confidence of the citizens.

He wrote: "Today I presided over a Meeting of the Security Council. We fully understand the seriousness & urgency of Nigeria's security issues, and are determined to implement carefully considered solutions that will not only earn the confidence of Nigerians, but also stand the test of time".

The service chiefs at the meeting were Chief of Defence Staff; Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff; Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; and  Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Others were the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura; Director of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar; Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and the heads of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Nigeria Customs Service (NCS); Nigeria Fire Service; Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC); Nigeria Prisons Service and Nigeria Security and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

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12 Fevereiro 2018 19:18:28

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