INSECURITY: Buhari Blames Service Chiefs For Security Challenges, Says Excuses Will No Longer Be Tolerated
Nigerian Ruler, Muhammadu Buhari is not pleased with the way insecurity is being handled by the service chiefs in many parts of the country and is not mincing words about it.
This indication came after Buhari met with the Service Chiefs on Thursday at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
He warned the heads of the nation’s security agencies that excuses would no longer be tolerated and asked them to do more to secure the nation and its people.
While the service chiefs are trying their best to tackle the issue of insecurity in the country, Buhari insisted that their best is not good enough.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Major General Babagana Monguno, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.
He added that the Ruler has ordered him to meet with the state governors in the North-West and that of Niger State, in other to identify the problems and find solutions to them.
Buhari met with the service chiefs against the backdrop of bandit attacks on communities in the region, including those in his home state – Katsina.
The attacks have left several people dead and many others injured in the affected states, while lots of properties were destroyed by the bandits.
This sparked criticism over the worsening insecurity in the country, especially the North West where the armed men have wreaked havoc in recent times.
As part of efforts to address the situation, Monguno, in company with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and others had embarked on a fact-finding mission to Katsina and Sokoto States.
Thursday’s meeting had in attendance the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
Others included the police boss; the Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General Nigeria Intelligence Agency Ahmed Abubakar.
The Ruler’s Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and some other members of the Ruler’s cabinet were also at the meeting.
They included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Retired Major General Bashir Magashi; and Monguno.