President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of the National Security Council Thursday announced a new initiative to crack down on violence in Nigeria, directing the security agencies to work together and take steps to target criminal gangs and reduce violent crime in the country.
The President also promised to use every resources available at his disposal to reduce the spate of violence and insecurity in the country.
Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rted), said “I, as national security adviser, presented a couple of memos to council in relation to the current security challenges faced by Nigeria and of course these are issues that revolve around the insurgency in the north east, armed banditry and emergence of all kinds of groups that are not essentially bonafide.
“I also highlighted other issues that are related to the problems of kidnapping which we noticed has been on the increase in recent times. But the most important thing is that I stressed to council that there is a need for collective action not just for the security agencies but by all ministries, departments and agencies of governments, civil societies organizations and all non-governmental Organisations within Nigeria. We have, of course know that we are all firmly within the cross heirs of all kinds of criminal elements trying to undermine national security.
The national security council is the highest security body in the country chaired by the president and sits once every quarter to discuss the most critical issues affecting national security.