BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Unenthusiastic over the deteriorating security concerns in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari is to carry out a total re-engineering of the nation’s security apparatuses soon
This was disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno at the security meeting chaired by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday in which he quoted President Buhari as having said that Nigerians have lost confidence in the security sector and that he is determined to restore that confidence.
Monguno however said that President Buhari has in the meantime, directed the Service Chiefs to strategize towards winning the terror fight.
NSA Monguno, who stated these while briefing State House correspondents on the resolutions of the National Security Council, said that President Buhari reaffirmed his last marching orders to the nation’s security chiefs that “their best effort is not good enough”.
In the words of Monguno; “Since the issues involved are operational issues, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, is working on something likely to give a new direction to the security agencies.”
Monguno said the meeting noted that the proliferation of drugs is driving insecurity in the country, adding that the way and manner at which killings were being done indicated that the bandits, kidnappers and terrorists are clearly out of their minds.
In attendance at the Security Council meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, and the National Security Adviser (NSA) Major General Babagana Monguno (retd).
Also in attendance were the Service Chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Others include, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Bichi, the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ahmed Rufa’i, and the Director of Military Intelligence.
Similarly, some ministers were also part of the meeting. They include, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada.