By Festus Fifen.
President Muhammed Buhari has again reiterated emphatically that he is not ready to leave government a failure.
National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, made the president’s Position known while briefing statehouse Correspondents after the meeting of the National security council held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa Abuja.
According to Monguno, The Service Chiefs briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the current security situation in the country.
In his words, ” Well, I’ll say from the last time we met till now, and all the issues that were brought before the president, were mainly issues arising from the successes recorded in the theatre of operations throughout the North East.
” It is evident that a lot of successes have been recorded. Large numbers of people are surrendering in the North East, as a consequence of the relentless efforts of the Armed Forces, intelligence and security agencies. This is very, very evident. We’ve never had such large numbers of people defecting from the other side, back to the Nigerian side, mainly, as a result of many issues within the theatre, issues of infighting among the various factions of the terrorist groups.
” But the new drive of the Armed Forces, the police, the intelligence agencies, there’s been greatest cooperation, greater synergy intelligence sharing, as well as our partners in the regional intelligence fusion unit.
So the President was briefed, the President is quite happy that there’s been tremendous success, especially with the advent of the new service chiefs and Inspector General of Police.
” And he’s also made it very, very clear that he’s not ready to exit government as a failure. He is not going to tolerate that. He has made changes and ready to make further changes if he is not satisfied. He is completely determined to ensure that there’s a turnaround in the fortunes in the theatre of operations.”
On the Issue of Hunger and hardship being witnessed in the Land, The National Security Adviser assured that The President is not oblivious to the pains of the people, and is working with the Vice President and other members of council. He has directed the relevant ministries, departments and agencies of government to address this issue.
“As far as he is concerned, it’s also an emergency situation that people should not be left to wallow in hunger, and in despair, this is something that he’s also going to look into. And he’s going to use all the necessary all the relevant tools at his disposal to address the issue of widespread hunger.” Monguno Stated.
” And then also is the issue of insecurity in the northwest, which is still, even though for those of us who are within the security system, we have seen a significant drop in the number of incidents of kidnapping and banditry, nevertheless, a lot has to be done. Because like I’ve always said in the past, as far as the people are concerned, there shouldn’t be any incident of kidnapping, banditry, and other incidents of insecurity. ”
So the President is also aware of that. And he has also made certain assertions which am not willing to say right now, till you know, he’s made the final decision on those things. But generally, the atmosphere is improving, especially in the north eastern part of the country. The President is very, very happy with the drive in that part of the country.”
” We also address the issue in plateau the recent killings and the President has made he’s given certain directives to address that is also expressed confidence in the efforts of the Governor of plateau. ”
Speaking on Government’s plans towards those insurgents that recently surrendered Babagana Monguno said,
” Yes, there are plans. But I don’t want to immediately divulge what has been decided on those plans till the President takes a firm decision on the plans. But definitely that is one of the things that he intends to address the number of people coming. And it’s not just in Nigeria, even in northern Cameroon, you have equally large numbers of people, you know, surrendering to the bonafide agencies of government. But that is all as a consequence of the regional cooperation between the various countries and the agencies of those countries.”
On some of the takeaways from. the meeting the NSA said he expects the Nigerian people also to forge a sense of oneness and unity, putting aside whatever suspicions, apprehensions or agitations that exists. adding that in the context of the 21st century, you can’t deal with these emerging crisis in a cut and dried manner.
” We have to use everything at our disposal, all the elements of national power, including the population, the wider community needs to work with the security agencies to deal with these problems. Responses has to be fast.
” We can’t act on stale intelligence. And that is why as things are happening, right from the grassroots level going all the way up, the local government, the state governments, and then of course, the federal government has its own parts to play. People should not cover for those who they have identified, unscrupulous, undesirable people, it is very, very important that we share because in today’s context, the highest value intelligence doesn’t necessarily need to come from thee agencies of government. It could come from any other tangential organisation, institution or group.”
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