Buhari promises solutions to security challenges

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said his administration was working on solutions that could stand the test of time to tackle the nation ’s security challenges.

He added that he was committed to ensuring that such solutions would earn the confidence of Nigerians .

Buhari made the promise in a message he posted on his verified Twitter handle , @MBuhari, shortly after he held another round of meetings with the nation ’s security chiefs .

He said he fully understood the seriousness of the security issues bedevilling the nation .

“Today , I presided over a meeting of the Security Council . We fully understand the seriousness and 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 President wrote .

Buhari also said one of the resolutions at the meeting was that security agencies must take intelligence gathering and sharing more seriously .

He said the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police Force were specifically directed to wake up on the issue .

He also promised that all those arrested in relation to killings in parts of the country would be prosecuted .’’

He wrote , “ Our law enforcement agencies must at all times stay ahead of bandits and criminals , wherever they are across the country , by efficiently gathering, sharing and acting on credible intelligence . I am assuring ( you) that we will give them all the support needed to succeed.
“Let me also assure ( you) that all persons arrested so far , including those arrested for illegally possessing arms, will be duly prosecuted .”

The meeting which was also attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was held at the Presidential Villa , Abuja.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Boss Mustapha ; Minister of Defence , Mansur Dan -Ali ; Minister of Interior , Abdulrahman Dambazau; Minister of Foreign Affairs , Geoffrey Onyeama and the National Security Adviser, Maj . -Gen . Babagana Monguno ( retd ) , also attended.

The meeting was an expanded one as the number of participants was extended to accommodate the heads of the Nigeria Immigration Service , Nigeria Customs Service , Nigeria Fire Service , Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Prisons Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

These are apart from the service chiefs and the Inspector -General of Police , Ibrahim Idris , who meet with the President regularly.

Service chiefs who attended the meeting are the Chief of Defence Staff ; Gen . Gabriel Olonisakin ; Chief of Army Staff ; Lt .- Gen . Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff , Ibok -Ete Ekwe Ibas ; and the Chief of Air Staff , Sadique Abubakar ; Director – General of the Department of State Services , Lawal Daura; and the Director -General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency , Ahmed Abubakar.

None of those who attended the meeting was willing to speak with State House correspondents when approached for comments .

As of the time of filing this report , the Presidency had not issued an official statement on the meeting .

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