President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday asserted that his administration has a good grasp of the seriousness of security challenges facing the country and was poised to implement solutions that would stand the test of time.
Earlier in the day, Buhari and heads of security agencies held routine security meeting where he received briefings from heads of the security agencies on the security situation in the country.
Taking to his Twitter handle to give a brief on what was discussed at the meeting, the President said one of the resolutions adopted was that all the law enforcement agencies must take intelligence gathering and sharing, much more seriously.
“Today I presided over a Meeting of the Security Council. We fully understand the seriousness & urgency of Nigeria’s security issues, and are determined to implement carefully considered solutions that will not only earn the confidence of Nigerians, but also stand the test of time”.
“Our law enforcement agencies must at all times stay ahead of bandits and criminals, wherever they are across the country, by efficiently gathering, sharing and acting on credible Intelligence.
“I am assuring (Nigerians) that we will give them (the security agencies) all the support needed to succeed,” the President wrote.
He further directed the security agencies, especially the Police and the Department of State Service to step up their efforts and capacity in the regard.
On the killings that claimed the lives of several people in parts of the country, Buhari assured Nigerians that all persons arrested so far, including those arrested for illegally possessing arms, would be duly prosecuted.
He also appealed to judicial officers to be alive to their responsibilities and ensure the speedy dispensation of justice.
The expanded meeting, which lasted about three hours, was attended by heads of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Prisons Service, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Also at the meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd).
The Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura, Director-General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ahmed Abubakar, and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, were also present.
Service chiefs at the meeting included Chief of Defence Staff; Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff; Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, and Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar.