What We Discussed With Buhari At Security Council Meeting – Defence Minister

What We Discussed With Buhari At Security Council Meeting – Defence Minister


The National Security Council meeting began on Thursday with the general overview of the security situation in the country, as it relates to the conduct of the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), revealed this in a statement shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the meeting at the Presidential Villa.

He said it recommended the deployment of security agencies to the states, to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conduct the elections peacefully.

Mr Dan-Ali was hopeful that the deployment of security personnel would further douse the tension created by the outcome of the political parties’ primaries and “some desperate persons” to sabotage the electoral process.

According to him, the meeting also addressed an attempt to put pressure on the electoral body by some notable personalities through demonstrations.


He, however, said the situation was brought under control by combined efforts of security agencies to avoid the process being hijacked by hoodlums or armed bandits.

The minister pointed out that another area of security concern discussed at the meeting was post-election violence, to prevent “desperate politicians” from whipping up ethno-religious sentiments to create a security situation in the country.

He said the Council discussed the proliferation and stockpiling of weapons by some disgruntled elements with a desire to take laws into their hands at the slightest opportunity.

The Council also called for the concerted effort of all security agencies to ensure that the 2019 general elections were hitch free.

Similarly, it stressed the need for continuous sensitisation of the public by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

The Council further called for regular meetings of relevant stakeholders including INEC, as well as international and local election observers and the media ahead of the polls.

Although the Chief of Defence Staff was absent, the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Inspector General of Police attended the meeting.

Also in attendance are the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha; and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd).


Chibok Girls: Army Responds To Boko Haram Prisoner Swap Request

Boko Haram new video on Chibok girlsNigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin, on Monday responded to the prisoners’ swap demand made by Boko Haram in a new video of the abducted Chibok girls.

The terrorist group released the video on Sunday showing some of the over 200 girls abducted in 2014 from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, Borno State in Northeast Nigeria.

While addressing reporters after a workshop organised for top Security Chiefs in Abuja, General Olonishakin said that the demand that the Federal Government swap detained Boko Haram members for the Chibok Girls was a political decision that would not stop ongoing military operations.

The workshop was organised for top Security Chiefs on how to respond to emergency situations such as terrorism and flood inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

For the second time since their abduction two years ago, the video of the missing Chibok Girls with their captors has gone viral.

This latest release coincides with the workshop for members of the National Security Council behind closed doors.

How to respond to emergency situations is also said to be of importance to the Security Council, not just in the area of terrorism, but also in disaster management.

Also at the workshop was the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, who reiterated his position that the government was on top of the situation.

He said efforts to rescue the girls would continue until the girls are out.

That’s an optimism many Nigerians would want to see happen in the nearest possible future.

For now, they say the Chibok girls have over stayed in the hands of Boko Haram and that is seen as a challenge for the government.

The Boko Haram had in the video claimed that the Nigerian Air Force killed some of the girls in aerial bombardments. It also released video footages showing some deceased girls.

Earlier, General said the the Nigerian military has begun analysing the new Boko Haram video posted by the terrorist.

He also said that the war against Boko Haram was a military operation that is going on appropriately.


Government Bans Paramilitary Agencies From Use Of Camouflage Uniforms

Major-General Chris Olukolade

The Nigerian Government has banned the use of camouflage uniforms by various security agencies other than the Armed Forces namely; Army, Navy and the Air Force.

The Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, made this known in a statement on Friday.

The Nigerian Police will, however, use the uniform when in Joint Operation with the military or on special operation such as specific anti-riot missions.

This followed the directive of the National Security Council, as it approved the recommendations of a committee on measures to streamline the use of camouflage uniforms, in view of the security implications and concerns raised on the clamour, duplicity and proliferation of camouflage uniforms in the country.

The use of camouflage/fatigue is therefore restricted to the military and for occasional use by the police henceforth.

The directive also stipulates that the military is to adopt only two types of camouflage for the three arms of the Armed Forces.

All para-military agencies using various camouflage/fatigues uniforms have up to January 2016 to withdraw such materials currently in their inventory.

With this development, the Ministry of Justice along with law enforcement agencies have been tasked to ensure that extant laws guiding the use of uniforms in Nigeria are strictly enforced.

In the same vein, the Office of the National Security Adviser has been vested with the authority to vet and clear any production and supply of camouflage uniforms in Nigeria.

The proliferation and imitation by criminals and impostors using uniforms especially the camouflage have been generating some concern in national security circles.

The development has been communicated to all the agencies by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Lawyer Commends FG Over Russia Arms Deal, State Of Emergency

Ben_OnuohaA legal practitioner, Mr Ben Onuoha, on Tuesday supported the Federal Government’s decision to turn to Russia for military support to fight the dreaded Boko Haram sect, insisting that “in politics, you only have permanent interests and not permanent friends.

A report by global risk consulting firm, Damina Advicers, on Monday revealed that Nigeria had turned to Russia for weapons and helicopter gunships to fight Boko Haram after repeated requests to the United States did not yield positive results.

“When those you consider  your friends fail you, you have a choice to make new friends while making efforts to mend that friendship that is now ruptured”, he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He noted that the threat posed to the Nigeria by Boko Haram is “very severe” and “we cannot afford to fold our arms.

“It is therefore appropriate and I think the government has done right on this to seek new friends because what we need is the cooperation of those who are truly and genuinely willing to assist Nigeria to fight this war”, adding that “if help comes from Russia or any other country, so be it. We can always go back to the US and resolve our differences”.

Though he noted that it is difficult to ignore the US because of “its power in the world”, he maintained that due to Nigeria’s long relationship with the world super power, only an “extraordinary thing will makes not to get the support of the US”

He also supported President Jonathan’s emergency rule in three north eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa insisting that it is no “joke” but “a serious matter” that “is required at this time because the provisions and requirements to grant it are all there”.

He urged Nigerians to be more concerned with “critical things” needed by the military to fight the insurgents rather than worrying about the results achieved while the north eastern states were under the emergency rule.

Mr Onuoha further noted that “the constitution provides for certain statutory bodies- the National Defence Council and National Security Council- these bodies are populated by the top brass of the military, the President, the Vice President- to they give the President advice on what they need and what they don’t need”.

Though, he acknowledged the efforts of the Civilian JTF and local hunters, he maintained that the Nigerian military will still lead the charge against the insurgents; insisting that “if they say they want this, it behooves on us to provide it for them”.

He, however, noted that he expected the President to have done some “ground work” before sending the request to the National Assembly seeking an extension of the State of Emergency in the three north eastern states.

“The President should have done more by way of engaging the leadership of the National Assembly; if he did I do not know, but it is important, if that was done, it has not manifested at all.

“In the US it is called lobbying. If you want something for you, you must take people you want to approach into confidence” warning that “Nigeria is at risk” if this matter is not treated beyond political party leanings”.

Security Meeting: Nigeria May Have Started Its Journey To Solution – Sabo-Keana

Sabo-KeanaThe former Chairman of Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Jibrin Sabo-Keana, has expressed optimism that Nigeria may have started a journey to overcoming its security challenges.

This is owing to the National Security Council meeting held in Abuja on Thursday to address the situation.

Speaking on the Friday edition of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television, he advised that if Nigeria was ready to embark on the journey to finding peace, then it must not be one directional.

He said that the journey to peace must be embarked on in two directions which he mentioned as Nigeria going back to the basics to trace its step back as far as possible to find the origin of the insecurity and also keeping tabs of new events as they unfold.

He noted that it was important for the Government to “engage perpetually with all the stakeholders” at the community level, state level and local government level.

He also identified the need to address the rate of unemployment in the country as a major step towards making violence unattractive to the Nigerian youths.

The former National Publicity Secretary of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria also aligned with the view from the National Security Council meeting that people in leadership should be cautious with their utterances, and be more united in their views rather than trading words of discord.

He added, “Government officials must also restrain themselves from reacting to comments that are inflammatory, because there is no win –win situation when I say what is wrong and the Government reacts to it because in time of war the focus of a government should be to win the war not to win the battles.

“The battles will come in forms of distractions and comments from people who we believe (maybe) are not with Government and we must have a lot of restrain in finding a way to manage such information.”

He, however, also was of the view that every statement made by anyone should not be waved aside but rather explored as there may be elements in it that would help the combat on insurgency.

He expressed joy that “reason has prevailed” with the Security Council meeting holding, as this was very strategic for the country, urging the Government to keep up the tempo until peace is restored to Nigeria.

We Should Go Back To The Community Level

Mr. Sabo-Keana emphasized the generality of the security challenges as one which has affected every class in the society, as he called all Nigerians to begin to see this as a challenge that requires unity to be fought.

He believes that irrespective of party differences, security is indeed everybody’s business, adding that “if there is no peace there will be no election.”

He noted that the State Governments have the ultimate responsibility to execute the resolutions of the security meeting, as it was their responsibility to take the actions to the grassroots.

The role of the people in the development also came to the fore. Aligning with an earlier view, Sabo-Keana said that the way forward was for local government authorities to ensure that they treat all information as being important.

“There is an end to every game plan” was his reaction to the issue of divisive public statements and how to curtail it, having been identified as a regular occurrence in Nigeria’s fight against insecurity.

“Maybe, before now, people believed that they can always pass the bulk to the next person that is a soft target for them, but the chickens have come home to roost now.

“Even when I keep dodging my responsibilities, it has come to my front and it is right in front of me”, he said.

He stated that community based approach to crisis resolution was the best for Nigeria, as he believed that Nigeria was not organic enough in its relationships to adopt western approaches in its totality, especially when most of the crisis were about people and their differences.

In spite of his strong beliefs that the State Governments were the best custodians of security, as it was their responsibility to secure the people, he also emphasized the need to elevate the roles of traditional rulers in the scheme of things.

Orientation of the people at the grassroots on matters of security was also identified as a major factor in driving his recommendations and he believed that orientation for the people should be redesigned to be a constant exercise rather than one that is done periodically.

Expanded National Security Council Meeting Ends At The Presidential Villa

FEC_nigeriaThe expanded National Security Council meeting has ended at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Some key decisions concerning the security situation in the country were taken at the meeting which had in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan, state governors and heads of the various security agencies.

The council said that security is everybody’s business and all Nigerians must be security-conscious.

They also advised adherents of the various faiths to practice religion without acrimony, while security operatives were asked to be more professional.

It was also decided that security agencies should adopt both the soft and hard approach in dealing with the insurgency.

Security forces were given the marching orders to go in search of the school girls abducted by insurgents from Chibok on Borno State and ensure they were all rescued unharmed.

To address the increasing menace of Fulani herdsmen, the council decided that henceforth they would be domesticated and restricted to designated areas to graze their cattle.

The expanded Security Council meeting was also attended by the President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III and the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Twenty-four governors were in attendance while the governors of Jigawa, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Ogun, Plateau, Edo and Yobe were represented by their deputies.

The security chiefs in attendance were; the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Inspector-General of Police, the Comptrollers-General of Customs and  Immigration, Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Commandant-General of the  Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp.

The Interior Minister, Mr. Abba Moro, Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Abduljelil Adesiyan, the  Foreign Affairs Minister,  Viola Onwuleri, Agriculture Minister,  Akinwunmi Adeshina and the  Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, were also present.

Meeting Agrees To Empower The Military To Search For Abducted Schoolgirls

The expanded National Security Council meeting has ended at the Presidential Villa, where members agreed that security is everybody’s business.

Members at the meeting resolved that the military should be empowered in the search of the abducted girls in Borno State.

It was agreed that Fulani herdsmen should be domesticated henceforth.

Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako was also warned against making divisive utterances.

More details here…

Fulani Herdsmen Should Be Domesticated Henceforth

The expanded National Security Council meeting has ended at the Presidential Villa, where members agreed that security is everybody’s business.

Members at the meeting resolved that the military should be empowered in the search of the abducted girls in Borno State.

It was agreed that Fulani herdsmen should be domesticated henceforth.

Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako was also warned against making divisive utterances.

More details here…

Governor Nyako Also Warned Against Divisive Utterances

The expanded National Security Council meeting has ended at the Presidential Villa, where members agreed that security is everybody’s business.

Members at the meeting resolved that the military should be empowered in the search of the abducted girls in Borno State.

It was agreed that Fulani herdsmen should be domesticated henceforth.

Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako was also warned against making divisive utterances.

More details here…