President Muhammad Buhari on Tuesday continued his meeting with the country’s security chiefs, in search of solutions to the security challenges that have bedevilled the country.
The President during the meeting outlined new security measures for the South-East and South-South zones of the country to restore peace in the region.
The approval comes after a third security council meeting held in the last two weeks.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba while addressing journalists after the meeting declined to provide details but told state house correspondents that this strategy is geared towards changing the narrative.
President Buhari equally approved a memo presented by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, on the control of drugs, which he said are enablers of Insecurity.
The National security adviser who noted that the nation is fighting unknown enemies underpinned that the meeting sought to address the security challenges in the country particularly those that have arisen in the last few months.
Tuesday’s meeting, the third in less than three weeks, continues a series of meeting which started on Friday, April 30 as violence and kidnappings continue to rock parts of the country.
As with previous meetings, the latest is being held behind closed doors, and it remains unclear the details of the discussions beyond the drive to secure the nation.
Beyond the President and the security chiefs, the meeting was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Security Concerns, Calls For Unity
Over the past three weeks, the security challenges that have led to the recent change of the service chiefs and the security meetings have continued. In the South, security formations and police stations have been attacked and operatives have battled kidnappers, gunmen, bandits, and suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In the north, bandits have continued their reign of terror attack in villages and kidnapping people for ransom.
The security agencies and government has also recorded wins with the release of abducted students in Kaduna, Benue, and Asia while several bandits have been killed and some leaders arrested.
Although the details of the security meetings have been kept under wraps, both the President and his vice have called for unity and an end to the violence.
President Buhari last week lamented that despite the closure of the borders to control the smuggling of arms and ammunition, “Some people are mercilessly against this country.”
He charged the leadership at every level to go back to the basics, noting that a bottom-up approach was necessary, from ward to local council, states, and federal.
Osinbajo in a wake-up call on the elites in the country urged them to rise up and speak the truth against forces of division in the country.
He explained that this has become necessary to preserve the unity of the nation as Nigeria cannot afford a war.
“We cannot afford a war in this country … it is the political elite that will determine what will take place,” the Vice President said.
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