Buhari mull ‘profound measures’ to tackle insecurity – NSA

With the state of insecurity worsening daily, President Muhammadu Buhari has resolved to take ‘profound measures’ to tackle the surge in banditry and similar criminal activities across the country following an emergency meeting with security top brass in Abuja on Friday.

The meeting which had in attendance Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno and the service chiefs will reconvene on Tuesday to discuss the worsening insecurity.

National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, in a statement at the end of yesterday’s meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja said the Buhari administration was prepared arrest the insecurity crisis presently plaguing the country.

Monguno said yesterday’s meeting came about because of the President’s concern about “the persisting security challenges in parts of the country” and his determination to “frontally confront the situation.”

He said: “At today’s (yesterday’s) meeting, the President made it abundantly clear that while the insurgents, bandits and criminals are still at it, he has no doubt that the Nigerian security agencies and all of us as a nation will certainly overcome all the current security problems and defeat the forces of evil marauding about in different parts of the country.

“While the criminals continue to test the will of the Nigerian government, the President and the Council, which adjourned today’s critical meeting until Tuesday morning to receive further briefings from the Security Chiefs, are set and determined to decisively end the assault on the nation and will do all that it takes.

“Mr. President is very prepared to take profound measures in the wider interest of the people and the Nigerian nation. There shall be no relenting until peace and security is significantly restored in our communities.”

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