Buhari To Meet With Service Chiefs On Tuesday

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday be meeting with the Service Chiefs.

The meeting comes amid the increased security challenges in the country.

The President had earlier on Thursday presided over a meeting of the Council of State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Discussions in the meeting were said to be mostly centred on the economy and insecurity.

The meeting, which started at 10 am, was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Boss Mustapha; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Former heads of state physically in attendance were Abdusalami Abubakar, Goodluck Jonathan, and Yakubu Gowon. Others attended the meeting virtually from their various locations.

State governors in attendance were Hope Uzodinma of Imo State; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state among others. Other governors also attended virtually.

‘Maybe We Are Considered Jokers:’ Reps Blast Service Chiefs, Others For Not Honouring Invitation

Idris Wase during the meeting. [email protected] HouseNGR

 

 

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, on Wednesday blasted service chiefs and the ministers of relevant agencies over their failure to honour the lawmakers’ invitation. 

The lawmakers summoned the service chiefs and ministers of relevant ministries and agencies to appear before it in conjunction with the chairmen of the committees on aviation, security and intelligence, police affairs, army, airforce, defence, and land transport following the recent attack on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line.

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But they sent their representatives, an act that infuriated Wase.

“We do not have any doubt regarding your capacity and your role. As operational officers, you have the intel in terms of what has to be done, but I’m constrained as the deputy speaker to continue the meeting because the accounting officers are the ones that are supposed to be here while you give them the necessary support,” he said.

“I am saying with a heavy heart. No matter the assignment our generals are handling, I believe the parliament requires a listening ear. This is the house of the people. I am not happy expressing my disappointment.

“In all the agencies, none of all the chief executives that were invited came. Maybe we are considered to be jokers, but we are not jokers.”

The deputy speaker, therefore, declined to meet the representatives, insisting that the service chiefs must appear in person to explain the circumstances surrounding the attacks. 

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The meeting was thus adjourned to Thursday.

Insecurity: New Service Chiefs Are Up To The Task, Says Buratai

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

As Nigeria continues to battle insecurity, a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said that the new set of service chiefs are up to the task.

He said this on Friday during a special end-of-year review programme on Channels Television tagged: Year 2021: Battles, Resilience And The New Normal.

General Buratai who was appointed the COAS in 2015, was removed by President Buhari on January 26, 2021, after widespread calls for the removal of service chiefs due to the worsening security situation in the country.

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When asked about his perception of the state of security since leaving office, the former Army boss said: “When you talk about military leadership, it is a continuum”.

“These gentlemen that took over from us are in a very good state to continue from where we stopped and apart from the initial challenges that started immediately we left, I think they have found the right synergy that is required to take the country out of the insecurity that we’ve been facing. By and large, change is inevitable and there are situations whereby you must always have new hands and fresh ideas. We have played our paths patriotically, diligently and to the best of our ability.

“We left quite proud and happy that things were stable and are still stable despite intermittent attacks here and there. But I believe that this crop of service chiefs are up to the task and they are no strangers to the security situation and of course, the armed forces,” Buratai added.

Others who reviewed the state of security in the country were Former Spokesman of the Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, and the Former DIG Operations, Nigeria Police, Habila Joshak.

National Security: Service Chiefs, Defence Minister Visit Borno

A photo of the Service Chiefs in Borno

 

The service chiefs on Friday visited the theatre command of operation in Hadin Kai, the Borno State capital.

The delegation was led by the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi.

The commander of the multinational joint task force and other service commanders were also on the ground to receive the delegation.

The minister of defence in his opening remarks said he was in Borno to get the operational brief from the headquarters of the theatre command.

Troops welcome the service chiefs and minister of defence as they arrive at the theatre command

 

He said the commander in chief of the armed forces has provided all that is required to execute the war against insurgency and the banditry and other challenges the country faces.

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“We are making progress day in day out and I want to appreciate every member specially invited by the CDS so that we can put our heads together and see if new ideas can come and be able to finish up what we have started,” the minister added.

“I think the success is not far away and with your determination and commitment I’m sure we’ll get out of the woods very very soon.”

Find Tactics To Solve Security Challenge, Buhari Tells Service Chiefs

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security chiefs to find tactics to solve the security challenges in the country, particularly in the North-West and North Central. 

The President issued the directive on Tuesday, during a three-hour security meeting with Service Chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He reiterated the urgent need to deal with the bandits, who according to the security chiefs, are becoming a nuisance, killing and making reckless pronouncements to solicit attention.

The Minister of Defense, General Bashir Magashi, told State House correspondents after the meeting that the government reviewed the situation in the country and concluded that it can resolve the security challenges, especially with the cooperation of Nigerians.

Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor leading the Service Chiefs to the security meeting with President Buhari on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

 

According to Magashi, a batch of six A-29 Super Tucano Jets will arrive in the country next week while the jets in the first batch already delivered are being test run.

The security meeting was chaired by the President with the service chiefs physically in attendance.

The Service Chiefs were led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Minister of Defence, General Bashir Magashi (rtd).

President Muhammadu Buhari during the security meeting with the Service Chiefs on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Abubakar Malami; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, were all in attendance.

Today’s meeting with the Service Chiefs is holding weeks after the previous one held on August 19 shortly after President Buhari’s medical trip to London.

At the security meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor, and other security chiefs briefed the President on recent developments associated with the security challenges facing the nation.

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Again, Buhari Holds Security Meeting With Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the Security Meeting, the third in the series at the State House.

 

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.

Service Chiefs arrive at the presidential villa for the meeting

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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Service Chiefs Honour Senate’s Invite, Briefs Lawmakers On Security Crisis

A file photo of the Service Chiefs

 

The Service Chiefs have honoured the invite of the Senate to brief the lawmakers on the security situation in the country.

Present at the meeting is the Acting Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Defense Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Airforce, amongst other heads of security agencies.

At the commencement of the meeting, Senate President Ahmed Lawan commended the members of the armed forces for safeguarding the country and giving their lives in the process.

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He said the parliament takes the security situation in the country seriously and admitted that the Armed Forces haven’t achieved the optimum in fighting insecurity which according to him, is largely because of inadequate resources.

The Senate President added that the National Assembly will look for ways to better fund the military to equip them with adequate resources.

The meeting between the Service Chiefs and the Senate was earlier scheduled to hold on Tuesday (May 4).

It was later postponed because President Muhammadu Buhari was meeting with the Service Chiefs on that day.

This was the second security meeting that President Muhammadu Buhari will be holding less than a week.

Insecurity: Senate Shifts Meeting With Service Chiefs Till Thursday

Lawmakers during plenary at the Senate chamber in Abuja.

 

The Senate has shifted the meeting with the Service Chiefs till Thursday (May 6).

The purpose of the meeting is to get feedback from them on efforts to address the security crisis in the country.

The meeting was meant to hold today (May 4)  but has been postponed due to the security meeting which is ongoing at the Presidential Villa.

This is the second security meeting that President Muhammadu Buhari will be holding less than a week.

The meeting is to address the security challenges affecting the country.

Those in attendance include the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

In this file photo taken on March 30th, 2021, President Muhammadu meets Nigeria’s service chiefs.

 

Others are  Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.)

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo; acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba are also attending the crucial meeting.

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At the last meeting, the National security adviser, Babagana Munguno disclosed in a statement issued on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to stem the insecurity in the country.

He said that President Buhari “made it abundantly clear that while the insurgents, bandits, and criminals are still at it, he has no doubt that the Nigerian Security agencies and all of us as a nation will certainly overcome all the current security problems and defeat the forces of evil marauding about in different parts of the country.”

Buhari Orders Service Chiefs To Identify Leaders Of Bandits, Kidnappers

President Muhammadu Buhari and National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno during the meeting with Service Chiefs at the State House on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday ordered the service chiefs to identify the leaders of the bandits and kidnappers and take them out to restore confidence in the areas affected.

The president gave the directive as a first assignment to the service chiefs and declared that he would no longer condone a situation where kidnappers set the tone.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno told State House correspondents that President Buhari gave this directive to Service Chiefs at the security meeting held at the presidential villa.

Monguno said the President also issued a warning to all those collaborating with criminals, promising to deal decisively with them.

The Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno during the National Security meeting at the State House on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

 

Also, the Service Chiefs at the security meeting disclosed that they have identified weak areas that would be strengthened to appropriately fish out collaborators with non-state actors.

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Monguno said further that the President is aware of plans by individuals who constitute themselves as authorities to undermine the efforts of the central government and is sending out a warning that the government would clamp down on them.

Monguno added that the President wants more proactive action from the military, as he issues a strong directive.

“On the issues of kidnapping and banditry, this menace still persists, especially in the North West and the North-Central zones.

“Mr President has been very emphatic. He has stated clearly that this problem must be brought to an end, but using the traditional methods that the armed forces have been trained to deploy.

“Mr President has made it very clear to both the intelligence and operational elements that the first assignment will be to identify the leaders of these bandits, kidnappers and take them out, in order to restore confidence in those areas,” Monguno said.

He also conveyed the President’s displeasure over some persons who collaborate to undermine efforts of the Federal Government in Zamfara State.

“He is also aware of attempts by certain elements, working in cahoots with all kinds of people in and out of the country to continue to exploit the minefields, especially in Zamfara State.

“A ban has been placed on mining and that ban has to be enforced. People have to comply with whatever the President has laid out.

Of course, we, in the intelligence domain are aware that there are individuals and groups who are planning to link up with all kinds of non-state actors in order to frustrate the efforts of the government in implementing the ban on mining, as well as enforcing the no-fly-zone so that no rotary aircraft will land, drop whatever and pick up whatever. That has to be enforced.”

Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs Ahead Of UK Trip

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a security meeting at the State House in Abuja.

This is taking place hours before his scheduled trip to the United Kingdom today for a routine medical check-up.

Those in attendance Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor who arrived at the State House shortly before 10.00 am; the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Awwal Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Marshal Isiaka Amao.

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Others at the meeting include Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno; and the Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

President Buhari is expected to proceed to London, the United Kingdom for a routine medical check-up, later today.

He is expected back in Nigeria during the second week of April 2021.

President Buhari had embarked on several medical trips between 2015 and 2019. During one of his trips in 2017, he spent 103 days in London with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, acting as the President then.

Not Just Zamfara, North West Needs More Troops, Matawalle Tells Service Chiefs

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, at a meeting with the service chiefs at the Government House in Gusau on March 9, 2021.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has called for the deployment of more troops across the north-west region of the country.

He made the call on Tuesday when he received the service chiefs at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The governor stated that there must be blocking forces to block the routes of bandits from moving from one state to another, stressing that troops deployed to Zamfara should not stay in the city but go to the heated area and take the battle to different bandits’ camps in the state.

“We need more deployment of troops across the whole North West, not just Zamfara, and we equally appreciate all the efforts of Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari toward defeating the lingering issues of banditry.

“Particularly, we appreciate the recent resolution to deploy additional 6,000 troops to complement the effort of those already on the ground,” he told the military leaders.

Governor Matawalle insisted that there was no evidence or proof linking mining activities in the state to banditry.

He said the state government would continue its dialogue process and support military onslaught against recalcitrant bandits.

“There is also the need for more fighting equipment such as gun trucks and tankers to be placed, if possible, in most of the routes of these criminals and I appeal to you that the troops you will be deploying to Zamfara should not remain in the city, they should go to the epicentre of all the forests,” the governor added.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, who led the service chiefs on the visit informed the governor that the military was ready to flush out criminals in Zamfara and other parts of the country.

He explained that they were in the state on a day working visit to assess the security situation and ongoing military operations to end the security challenges.

According to the defence chief, it is time to bring an end to the security challenges bedevilling the state and the country at large.

He gave an assurance that the military would go all-out against criminal elements who do not want peace to prevail in the country.

Irabor said, “We are aware of expectations arising from the unending state of insecurity in Zamfara State; the whole essence of establishing Operation Hadarin Daji is to work in partnership with the other security agencies and ensure that peace returns.

“We are here as soldiers, we are only after bad people, we deal with bad people, we come because we don’t want people to live in fear anymore.”

“But we need you (traditional rulers) to support us, we need you to pass relevant information; you’ve been doing it, but I also pray and urge you to increase the tempo,” he added.

You Have Few Weeks To Secure The Country, Buhari Tells New Service Chiefs

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told the nation’s new service chiefs that they have only a few weeks to secure the country.

Buhari while decorating them at a ceremony held in the State House, Abuja said he expected that before the rainy season, they would have secured the country to the level that farmers who had fled their farms in different parts of Nigeria would have developed enough confidence to return to their farms.

“During our four-hour security meeting, on Tuesday, I had taken the responsibility as Commander-in-Chief for you to go out into the field and secure the country.

“You have got a few weeks to do that because, by the rainy season, we expect people to develop confidence and go back to the land so that we don’t get into trouble by being away from the field and therefore unable to produce enough food for the nation,” President Buhari said.

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The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement announcing Buhari’s order to the Service Chiefs added that the President asked the chiefs to see their appointment, clearance, and decoration as a vote of confidence on them.

“For those (of you) that have been confirmed by this ceremony, the decoration, in front of your spouses, is a further confidence loudly expressed on you on behalf of the nation, to respond to the insecurity the country is in,  and the nation looks up to you  for rapid relief,” President Buhari said.

He assured them of his firm support as they deliver on their responsibilities.

“I have accepted responsibility for your actions in the field; it’s up to you to identify your competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualification and deploy them to make sure that we secure this country.

“We all look forward to you to perform and I as the Commander-in-Chief, I am backing you hundred percent, and I expect you to effectively deploy your officers and men to secure the country,” the President said.

Responding on behalf of the other service chiefs, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor assured the President that they will not fail in their responsibilities as the mandate is clear.

“Nigeria will have peace again. Based on the mandate, we will address all issues, working with all other security organisations,” he said.

Others that were decorated are Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff, and Air Marshal Isiaka Amao as Chief of Air Staff.