The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday examined the level of insecurity across the nation and announced that the country’s security chiefs were living up to expectation.
He noted that if the heads of the country’s security agencies can’t be seen doing their best, it means their best is not good enough for the nation.
The discussion held in the meeting was disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno at the Presidential Villa.
The meeting was attended by Monguno, Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of defence staff, who led the service chiefs to the meeting, followed by the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, Inspector General of.Police, Muhammed Adamu, The DG of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi and the DG of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, as well as others.
Aside from sacking the security chiefs, Monguno stated that the President told his security chiefs that he was extremely sad regarding the nation’s current security situation under their watch.
He said Buhari had warned he would no longer accept any further escalation of a already bad security situation in the country.
The National Security Adviser in the meeting, expressed that the meeting was concluded between President Buhari and the head of security agencies, which includes the service chiefs, the Minister of Defence and on the other hand himself and the intelligence heads.
Monguno disclosed that the discussion held in the meeting was basically on the current security situation across the country. He said President Buhari was very worried over the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria. He said the President was extremely sad about what is happening and he feels that, even if the security agencies are doing their best, their best was not good enough for him and demand an immediate change on the current security situation in the country.
He said that Mr. President also stated in clear terms that he and his administration promised the people during their campaign on three key issues, which is fighting corruption, fighting insecurity and improving our economy.
He said the President noted that it is common sense for anybody know that without security, the achievement of the other two campaign promises will just be an exercise in vain.
He said Mr. President urged security agencies to take into consideration the implications of the gradual decent of the security of the nation and he is not going to accept any further worsening of the already bad security situation.
The Chief Security Adviser said the President made it explicitly clear that none of the security chiefs was forced on him and chose them based on their personal record.
He said that the President told them that it was up to them to improve the security situation in the country and for them to prove their leadership to Nigerians.
He said that the President spotted the immediate areas of concern to consist the issue of proliferation of hard drugs, small and light arms noting that they contribute terrorism and banditry.
Mr. Monguno said that the use if unregistered sim cards was also discussed and the President ordered him to meet the Mr. Is a Patami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, to come up with a plan on the matter.
He said that in the final part of the meeting, Mr President expressed that everybody is doing their best but their best is not good enough. He said that sent a signal on all of the security apparatus.
However, he said that Nigerians have a greater role to play in whatever security agencies are doing.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his dismay over the worsening security situation in the country in recent days.
Speaking to reporters at the federal government on Thursday, the president held a meeting with senior national security chiefs, the President’s Advisor on Security, Major General Babagana Monguno ( Rty), said the president urged the leaders of the country’s security agencies to redouble their efforts.
According to Monguno, the president said that although the leaders of the security agencies were doing their best, their immediate efforts were insufficient to address the security challenges facing the country.
The president then said he would no longer be trusted by the security forces, because each of them is expected to do what they are expected to do.
The president also expressed regret at the lack of cooperation between the security forces, and urged them to unite to save the country from the security threats.
The president also called on his security advisor to sit down with the governors of northwestern Nigeria and Niger State to organize towards the terrorist attacks in their areas.