Buhari meets with security chiefs, orders curtail of deteriorating security situation

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday in Abuja convened a meeting of the nation’s Defence and Security Council during which participants reviewed the security challenges facing the country and advanced strategies for surmounting them, particularly in Northeast Nigeria.

Describing the spate of insecurity in Northeast and other parts of the nation as “worrisome”, President Buhari directed his security chiefs to step up their game and rapidly curtail the deteriorating security situation in the country.

The meeting was President Buhari’s first official engagement since his return to the country last Saturday after his 10-working-day vacation in London, United Kingdom.

Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, retired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Alli, told journalists at the end of the meeting that it was “a normal routine” security briefing with Mr President, and an update on the August 2 meeting before his departure to London.

According to the Minister, “the decision that has been taken is that we have seen that there is a lot of improvement in the security situation in the country, more especially in Zamfara and Benue States, and in the Niger Delta. In the North East, we are having worrisome report. We have looked into it critically and we have taken absolute decision.”

But he did not, however, reveal what the absolute decision was.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, on his part, said President Buhari has asked security agencies to step up their game to ensure that the nation is safe and people go about their daily activities in a very safe manner.

He said, “We just had two and half hours meeting with the President and Commander in Chief. We reviewed the security situation across the country in all the geo-political zones and of course we made all our comments, especially the new operations in Benue, Zamfara, Taraba ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’ and Operation Saradaji. We gave the extent of successes in these operations and we are to continue in this line of action in these operations.

"All the operations were reviewed and all the issues concerning the operations were dealt with. And he directed that we should continue to step up our game to ensure that the nation is safe and people go about their daily activities in a very safe manner.”

Others who attended the meeting include the National Security Adviser, Chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Nigeria Police and Department of State Services.
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20 august 2018 16:13:08

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