The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno,governors and traditional Rulers from the North West are meeting in Kaduna on insecurity in the region.
Monguno urged traditional and religious leaders to support the government in the areas of community engagement and citizens feedback in other to strengthen internal security.
Monguno, who led Service Chiefs and Heads of Security and Intelligence Agencies to the meeting, stated that citizens have a critical role to play in the security architecture of the country while restating Federal Government’s unflinching commitment to reform of the security sector.
He said: “I called for the support of traditional and religious leaders in the areas of community engagement and citizens feedback, and appreciate their peace-building efforts”
The NSA said that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is ready to work with the governors of North West states to strengthen internal security.
He also expressed appreciation for the work undertaken by state governments in support of law enforcement agencies, stating that political leadership at local and state levels play important roles in security, and therefore should be strengthened.
He therefore emphasized the need for a “Whole-of-Government and a Whole-of-Society Approach.”
The NSA further stressed that vertical and horizontal cooperation would result to a “Whole-of-Nation Solution,” and assured that criminals will be brought to justice.
Meanwhile, religious and traditional leaders who attended the meeting called for peace and encouraged the FG to sustain engagement with citizens on security matters.
However, the governors of the North West region highlighted the challenges of insecurity and their readiness to explore all necessary means, working with the FG to prevent and counter criminality.
The governors congratulated the new service chiefs and commended them for taking the initiative to visit, and assured them of full cooperation.
In a bid to develop a road map for peace and security in the region, it was resolved that a date for a follow up meeting would be announced.