President Muhammadu Buhari and NSA Maj Gen Babagana Monguno during the Security meeting held at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 14 2020.
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President Buhari vows unceasing terror crackdown, violent crime

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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.

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami during the Security meeting held at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 14 2020.
“Mr. President noted all the issues raised and of course in due time he will be able to address these issues.
“Arising from this meeting, I will like to assure all Nigerians that Mr. President is fully on board, he is committed to doing whatever is necessary to reduce the spate of violence and insecurity in the country. He is also committed to spending whatever resources he has at his disposal to bring to a quick end to all the issues affecting Nigerians and bringing a lot of sorrows to Nigerians. That is the most important takeaway from today’s meeting. Mr. President’s reassurance that issues are being addressed and that he will redouble his effort in ensuring that the primary responsibility of government which is to ensure the safety of lives and property is realized.”
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar during the Security meeting held at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 14 2020.

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.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of presidential Taskforce in COVID-19,  Mr. Boss Mustapha also briefed the council on the gains made so far, highlighting areas of concern, areas which need to be addressed as well as making projections for the next couple of weeks.

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