VP Osinbajo, Service Chiefs, Others Attend As Buhari Presides Over National Security Meeting

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the quarterly National Security Council (NSC) at the State House, Abuja.

Among those in attendance are the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Ministers of Defense Major General Bashir Salihi Mahashi; Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, and the National Security Adviser (NSA) Major General Babagana Monguno.

Service chiefs in attendance include the Chief of Defense Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar; Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rafa’i Abubakar; and the Director-General of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

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Buhari Meets With Security Chiefs Amid Outrage Over Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters

President Buhari meets with Service Chiefs

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with Security Chiefs over the shooting of #EndSARS protesters.

Pandemonium broke out in the Lekki Toll Gate Area of Lagos State on Tuesday as armed security personnel stormed the scene of the #EndSARS protests and opened fire at protesters.

Several are feared killed, while many others sustained gunshot wounds.

Some videos from eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident showed some persons bleeding seriously, while others tried to extract the bullets.

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Others were seen administering CPR to some injured persons, to resuscitate them.

The incident comes hours after the Lagos State Government declared a 24-hour curfew as part of efforts to stop the violence which had broken out in some parts of the state by criminal elements who have been hijacking the protests.

Although the curfew was to commence at 4:00 pm, many were still seen protesting across the state.

At the Lekki Toll Gate which has been one of the major converging points, peaceful and unarmed protesters were still seen gathered in large numbers around 5:00 pm, an hour after the curfew was to have commenced.

The situation, however, took a turn for the worse around 7:00 pm when the security operatives stormed the area and started shooting sporadically.

Changing Service Chiefs Won’t Solve Security Challenges, Says Rtd Air Vice Marshal

 

 

Air Vice Marshal Adebola Adekunle (Rtd), believes changing the country’s service chiefs may not be enough to tackle insecurity in Nigeria. 

The security consultant while admitting that there have been calls for the reshuffling of Nigeria’s security apparatus, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s unwillingness to change the service chiefs could be because he (Buhari) knows more about the country’s security challenges.

He said this on Tuesday during his appearance on Channels Television’s News At 10.

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“With the benefit of hindsight, I know that the president gets briefings on a regular basis which all of us who are not directly involved in running the Armed Forces are not privy to, ” the former Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Air Force, said.

“If the President has been hearing all this hue and cry about changing the service chiefs and he has refused to change them, he must know something that we don’t know.”

President Buhari is not convinced that changing the security chiefs will make a difference in taming insecurity in Nigeria even though Nigerians want a more secured nation, he explained.

According to him, “If the President feels that changing the service chiefs will make the difference, I am sure he will effect a change. But he is not convinced as we speak that changing them will make the difference that is why he has not effected a change.”

Mr Adebola said since tackling insecurity is one of the cardinal points of the Buhari government, there would have been a change of service chiefs if that will make a difference.

He said while changing the service chiefs may be part of plans to re-engineer the nation’s security apparatus, it will not make the country an “Eldorado.”

“The impression is being created that the moment will change the service chiefs, everything will be resolved over night and Nigeria will become an Eldorado,” he added.

“I’m just concerned that we will be preparing ourselves for disappointment again. Let’s not create the impression that the service chiefs are the problem right now.”

Presidential Order

On Tuesday, Buhari ordered the re-engineering of the nation’s entire security apparatus.

This was according to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno who briefed journalists after the third National Security Council meeting in 2020 chaired by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The nation’s security adviser called for calm, promising that the President along with the Service Chiefs is doing a lot to handle the insecurity in the northwest and north-central states.

Service Chiefs: Presidency Will Do What Is Right At A Given Time – Adesina

A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, says his principal will tend to the issue of the service chiefs when the time is right. 

Adesina stated this on Wednesday when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

His statement comes on the heels of calls by legislators, seeking the sack of the service chiefs.

Reacting to the calls, Mr Adesina said the appointment or sack of Service Chiefs is a Presidential prerogative.

The spokesman added that President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, will do what is in the best interest of the country at all times.

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The Senate Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on the Service Chiefs to resign or be sacked due to the multi-pronged security challenges in the country.

Senators made the call during plenary in reaction to a motion by Senator Ali Ndume.

Senator Ndume moved his motion on the back of the recent ambush of soldiers in Katsina and the alleged voluntary resignation of many soldiers.

According to the Senator, both developments and others are worrying.

Despite his concerns about the security situation, Senator Ndume did not call for the dismissal of the service chiefs, neither did he demand that they should step aside.

The call for them to step aside was made following an additional prayer to his motion in the course of deliberations.

Senator Francis Fadahunsi made the call for the service chiefs to step aside as part of his contributions to the discourse on the motion.

Other senators okayed the move and passed the resolution for the service chiefs who have been in office since July 2015 to step aside.

The Senators also mandated a joint defence, army, navy, airforce, police and interior committee to engage with the military to ascertain the state of affairs of the armed forces.

Buhari Will Do What Is Best, Presidency Reacts To Call For Removal Of Service Chiefs

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The Presidency has reacted to the call by the Senate asking for the sack or resignation of the Service Chiefs due to prolonged security challenges in the country.

In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina reiterated the position of the President saying the appointment or sack of Service Chiefs is a Presidential prerogative.

READ ALSO: Senate Asks Service Chiefs To Step Aside

He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, will do what is in the best interest of the country at all times.

The Upper Chamber had called on Nigeria’s service chiefs to step aside as the country continues to grapple with security challenges.

The Senators made the call during plenary on Tuesday in reaction to a motion by Senator Ali Ndume.

Senator Ndume moved his motion on the back of the recent ambush of soldiers in Katsina and the alleged voluntary resignation of many soldiers.

According to the Senator, both developments and others are worrying.

A file photo of the service chiefs during a meeting with the President in Abuja.

Despite his concerns about the security situation, Senator Ndume did not call for the dismissal of the service chiefs, neither did he demand that they should step aside.

The call for them to step aside was made following an additional prayer to his motion in the course of deliberations.

Senator Francis Fadahunsi however made the call for the service chiefs to step aside as part of his contributions to the discourse on the motion.

Other senators okayed the move and passed the resolution for the service chiefs who have been in office since July 2015 to step aside.

The Senators also mandated a joint defence, army, navy, airforce, police and interior committee to engage with the military to ascertain the state of affairs of the armed forces.

Senate Asks Service Chiefs To Step Aside

L-R: Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Tukur Buratai, and Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Gabriel Olonisakin. (File photo)

 

The Senate has called on Nigeria’s service chiefs to step aside as the country continues to grapple with security challenges.

Senators made the call during plenary on Tuesday in reaction to a motion by Senator Ali Ndume.

Senator Ndume moved his motion on the back of the recent ambush of soldiers in Katsina and the alleged voluntary resignation of many soldiers.

According to the Senator, both developments and others are worrying.

Despite his concerns about the security situation, Senator Ndume did not call for the dismissal of the service chiefs, neither did he demand that they should step aside.

The call for them to step aside was made following an additional prayer to his motion in the course of deliberations.

Senator Francis Fadahunsi made the call for the service chiefs to step aside as part of his contributions to the discourse on the motion.

Other senators okayed the move and passed the resolution for the service chiefs who have been in office since July 2015 to step aside.

The Senators also mandated a joint defence, army, navy, airforce, police and interior committee to engage with the military to ascertain the state of affairs of the armed forces.

Senate Asks Service Chiefs To Step Aside
Senators are concerned about the security situation in the country. (File photo)

 

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If the trend continues, Senator Ndume expects that there will be dire consequences for the country.

Senate Asks Service Chiefs To Step Aside
Senator Ndume a member of the All Progressives Congress represents Borno South in the Senate. He is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Nigerian Army.

 

Over the last few years, and as Nigeria struggled to end the Boko Haram insurgency, fight banditry, kidnapping, and several security challenges, the service chiefs have faced heavy criticism.

There have also been several calls from different quarters for their removal including from lawmakers.

Under the 8th Assembly, there were repeated calls for a shakeup of the nation’s security setup including the removal of the service chief.

The 9th Assembly has also not spared them of criticism. President Muhammadu Buhari, has, however, opted against showing them the door, a move that has also been criticised by the opposition and several prominent Nigerians.

In June, amid outrage over an upsurge in attacks by bandits in several parts of the country, especially in the North West and the President’s state Katsina, the President warned the service chiefs that excuses will no longer be tolerated.

Security: Excuses Will No Longer Be Tolerated, Buhari Tells Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari with the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, at the State House in Abuja on June 18, 2020. Inset: the service chiefs.

 

 

The President is not pleased with the way insecurity is being handled in many parts of the country and is not mincing words about it.

This indication came after President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Service Chiefs on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He warned the heads of the nation’s security agencies that excuses would no longer be tolerated and asked them to do more to secure the nation and its people.

While the service chiefs are trying their best to tackle the issue of insecurity in the country, President Buhari insisted that their best is not good enough.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Major General Babagana Monguno, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.

He added that the President has ordered him to meet with the state governors in the North-West and that of Niger State, in other to identify the problems and find solutions to them.

President Buhari met with the service chiefs against the backdrop of bandit attacks on communities in the region, including those in his home state – Katsina.

The attacks have left several people dead and many others injured in the affected states, while lots of properties were destroyed by the bandits.

This sparked criticism over the worsening insecurity in the country, especially the North West where the armed men have wreaked havoc in recent times.

As part of efforts to address the situation, Monguno, in company with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and others had embarked on a fact-finding mission to Katsina and Sokoto States.

Thursday’s meeting had in attendance the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

Others included the police boss; the Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General Nigeria Intelligence Agency Ahmed Abubakar.

President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and some other members of the President’s cabinet were also at the meeting.

They included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Retired Major General Bashir Magashi; and Monguno.

Highlights of the meeting are captured in the pictures below:

President Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari with the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, at the State House in Abuja on June 18, 2020. Inset: the service chiefs.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday held a closed-door meeting with the nation’s service chiefs.

The meeting took place at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Earlier, the service chiefs, led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, arrived at the seat of power at about 8:50am and proceeded straight to the Council Chambers.

President Buhari joined the service chiefs about 10 minutes later and the meeting immediately went into a closed session.

The meeting had in attendance the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas; the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; and the Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman.

Others included the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General Nigeria Intelligence Agency Ahmed Abubakar.

President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and some other members of the President’s cabinet were also at the meeting.

They include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Retired Major General Bashir Magashi; the National Security Adviser, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno.

Highlights of the meeting are captured in the pictures below:

Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs, Assures Nigerians Of Safety

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a meeting with the service chiefs in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured citizens in the country of his commitment to securing the lives and property of all.

He gave the reassurance at the National Security Council meeting held on Thursday at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, revealed the President’s position while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.

He said he briefed the council, along with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, on the security situation and the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.

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The meeting had in attendance, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, heads of various security agencies, and some ministers.

They included the Minister of Defence, Retired Major General Bashir Magashi; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, among others.

The services chiefs were led to the State House by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin.

Also present were the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Army’s Chief of Policy and Plans, Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun.

Others included the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; and Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi.

Highlights of the meeting are captured in the pictures below:

President Muhammadu Buhari with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the State House in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a meeting with the service chiefs in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

The Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.

 

PHOTOS: Buhari Holds ‘Special’ Meeting With Service Chiefs, IGP

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday held a special meeting with  Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police.

The meeting was held at the council chambers in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Those at the meeting include the Chief of Defence of Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Tukur Yusuf Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammad Adamu.

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Details and purpose of the meeting are still unknown at the time of this report.

Meanwhile, the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno was absent at the meeting.

It will be recalled that Monguno in a leaked memo accused the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari of undue interference on national security matters.

Moguno in the memo also alleged that Kyari issues directives to the service chiefs without the prior knowledge or approval of the president.

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VIDEO: ‘You Don’t Sack People Like That,’ SGF Reacts To Calls For Service Chiefs’ Removal

A file photo of the Service Chiefs at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on January 17, 2020.

 

 

The Federal Government has explained why the service chiefs cannot be removed yet amid calls that they should be sacked.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made the position of the government known to reporters on Tuesday in Abuja.

“You don’t sack people like that; there are processes and I believe that at the opportune time, those processes … if need be,” he said.

According to Mustapha, Nigeria is in a difficult situation; hence synergy is needed within the intelligence community to address insecurity.

He spoke on the sidelines of the public presentation of a book entitled ‘CAN, Religion and Power in Nigeria’ held at the National Christian Centre in the nation’s capital.

The book was authored by a former general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr Samuel Salifu.

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Planned Protest Against Service Chiefs Aimed At Embarrassing Buhari – Presidency

 

The Presidency has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning a protest for the removal of service chiefs over poor security on the country.

According to the Presidency, the protest is an effort is to embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Presidency wishes to caution a section of the political class against misleading the public and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions.

“This has become necessary in view of received reports that about two thousand men and women have been hired to demonstrate against Nigeria’s service chiefs on Monday,” the statement which is signed by the senior special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said.

Shehu in the statement added that “this imminent gathering is the latest in a series of demonstrations orchestrated by the opposition to embarrass the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

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He added that PDP had earlier commenced a march from one embassy to the other in protest against the Buhari administration and the nation’s highest court of justice, the Supreme Court.

“They are keen to give the impression that Nigerians are in support of them as they take to the streets, and they will go to any length to promote this false narrative.”

Speaking concerning the recent incident in Maiduguri, Borno State, where a group of people were recorded booing President Buhari, Shehu said this is a part of PDP’s ‘elaborate scheme.’

“It is misleading, as some analysts have tried to do, to read this as the verdict against President Buhari, who emerged winner with 94 percent of the votes cast in the Presidential election in the state in February last year.”

Shehu, therefore, stressed that the people in the video were hired few all just to embarrass the President.