IN PHOTOS: Buhari Meets Security Chiefs As Nigerians Groan Over Insecurity
In apparent response to the National Assembly’s call for urgent restructuring of the nation’s security architecture, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday summoned a National Security Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The security chiefs were believed to have briefed President Buhari on the state of security in the country, especially the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and banditry in the country.
Following their resumption from recess on Tuesday, the lawmakers in the upper and lower legislative arms of the National Assembly had lamented the rate of violence, kidnappings and killings by insurgents in parts of the country.
The House of Representatives had on Thursday reached a resolution to asked Buhari’s service chiefs to resign or ask the president to sack them for failing to properly address the country’s insecurity.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe had during senate’s plenary of Thursday asked the president himself to resign, saying it appears he had run out of ideas to solve the country’s challenges.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari.
Others were the Ministers of Defence, Interior and Police Affairs, retired Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, Rauf Aregbesola and Maigari Dingyadi, respectively, as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno, and Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu.
Others were the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar, and the Director-General of the Directorate of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi.