Criminals Disguising As Herdsmen Will Be Punished – Buhari

Muhammadu-Buhari-Defence-academy-of-NigeriaPresident Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will no longer tolerate acts of criminality under the guise of herdsmen.

The President said that the military had been ordered to deal decisively with anyone found wanting, to end the attacks on rural communities in Nigeria by armed herdsmen.

He gave the warning on Friday while addressing graduating officers who took part in the course 24 of the National Defence College that began in September.

Rebuilding Regions

President Buhari also stated that his administration was making efforts to rebuilding the north-east and the Niger Delta to correct the injustices suffered by the regions in the past.

The graduation ceremony was held at the auditorium of the college, with serving and retired military officers, the Emir of Kano, members of the diplomatic corps, the graduating officers and their well-wishers present.

After the arrival of the President, the ceremony began, with graduating officers inducted as fellows of the National Defence College by the commandant of the college, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade.

After the induction, certificates were presented to them by President Buhari, who also presented awards to former commandants of the college and alumni of the college who have excelled in the service of the military and the country.

Part of those that received the awards were former President Abubakar Abdulsami, Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla, Major General Chris Garba, the Minister of Defence and the Chiefs of Army, Naval and Air Staff.

While addressing the gathering, President Buhari commended the participants and urged them to do their best to end the attacks on communities by armed persons disguising as herdsmen.

FG Restates Commitment To Ensuring Global Peace

Muhammadu-Buhari-ICAN-meetingNigeria has restated its commitment to global peace through the promotion of activities that will cement cordial relationship among its neighbours.

Addressing the 2015 Annual Conference for Defence Advisers and attaches, the Minister of Defence, Mr. Muhammad Dan-Ali, says combating the threat of international terrorism requires the cooperation of all countries.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Government to ending insurgency in the north east by the end of 2015.

The Chief of Defence Intelligence, AVM Monday Morgan, also challenged defence advisers and attaches to be alive to their responsibilities at all times.

With the theme, ‘Enhancing The Defence Attaches System Towards A Sustainable National Security in Nigeria’, participants at the conference would among other issues, brainstorm on the effective utilisation of the defence attaché system in the consolidation of counter-terrorism efforts in Nigeria.

Jonathan Meets With Security Chiefs, Governors

FEC_nigeriaThe President’s meeting with security chiefs and PDP governors has ended at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting examined recent security events and developments in the country.

Although, the outcome of the meeting was not made public, those present include the governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Benue, Delta, Abia, Enugu, Anambra and Jigawa states.

Others were the Plateau, Kogi, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Gombe, Katsina and Niger State governors as well as Taraba State’s Acting Governor, and the deputy governors of Bayelsa and Kebbi states.

They were joined by Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General Of National Intelligence Agency.

Also present was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Minister of Police Affairs, and the Minister for the Interior.

No APC governor was present at the expanded meeting.

However, another Security Council meeting would hold next Wednesday with all governors, irrespective of political party expected to attend.

Northern Govs Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Security Situation

northern_governorsAn emergency meeting of Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has been scheduled for Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014 at the Niger State Governor’s Lodge, Jose Marti Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja at 4:00 p.m.

A statement made available to Channels  Television said that the meeting was called out of concern to address the incessant attacks and systematic killings of innocent people going on in the region, which has become a source of embarrassment and great concern to the Forum.

The statement explained that the meeting would discuss the increasing incidences of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local communities, as well as reckless massacre and kidnapping of people across the Northern States.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has been in a meeting with members of the  National Security Council in the Presidential Villa to review recent  security events and developments in the country.

Those present  at the meeting include Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of Police Affairs, and the Minister for the Interior are also present at the meeting.

The meeting of the National Security Council would be followed by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors.

Jonathan Summons Governors, Others To Security Meeting

jonathan_gesticulationFollowing an attack on Nyanya Motor Park on Monday morning and the abduction of 200 school girls in Borno on Tuesday, the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday summoned all 36 governors and others to a security meeting.

In a statement, the President’s aide on media and publicity, Reuben Abaati, disclosed that the meeting would hold on Thursday at the Presidential Villa.

According to the statement, “the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency” would be at the National Security Council meeting.

The security meeting “will be followed at 13:00 Hours by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors” to review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

Although there have been criticisms against President Jonathan, Abati said the President wanted all Nigerians and persons living in the country to know that “the Federal Government remains very mindful of its responsibility for the safety of their lives and property in all parts of Nigeria and will continue to do everything possible to protect them from the scourge of terrorism and insecurity”.

Abati further stated that “the President is particularly concerned about the plight of the young Senior Secondary School girls who were reportedly abducted from their school in Borno State on Monday night and has ordered the military and national security agencies to deploy maximum efforts towards rescuing all of the girls and returning them safely to their parents. He welcomes reports that the military and security agencies have already rescued some of the girls.”

The President further expressed regrets over the “pain, sorrow and anguish brought upon many Nigerian families in recent days” but insisted on his conviction “that with the patriotic commitment and support of all Nigerians, the country would ultimately overcome its present challenges and move forward in unity and strength”.

“In this regard, President Jonathan will be pleased to see all politicians in the country exhibiting greater responsibility and patriotism by doing more to support his administration’s sincere efforts to enhance national security rather than trying to build political capital out of the pain and misery of their compatriots,” the statement read.