Major General Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser, has assured Nigerians of appropriate security for the presidential inauguration ceremony.

Monguno made the assurance on Thursday in Abuja at a World Press Conference to mark the start of preparations for the presidential inauguration on May 29.

The NSA, who chairs the Presidential Transition Council’s Security, Facilities, and Intelligence Committee, stated that all required security measures had been put in place.

He stated that security would be increased in Eagle Square, the site of the presidential inauguration on May 29, and its surrounding areas.

Monguno also stated that strict security would be implemented in and around hotels to protect the safety of people visiting the Federal Capital Territory from both within and outside Nigeria.

According to him, membership of the committee, which is drawn from various security agencies, has been collaborating to ensure a seamless transition.

“It is perhaps the most critical of all the committees by virtue of the nature of its own task.”

“That is why membership of the committee comprises representatives or heads of agencies at the highest level.”

“The Chief of Defence Staff, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director General of the SSS, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, and the Governor of Kebbi State, who sits in as a representative of the incoming government,” he said.


Monguno further said, “Our main function and primary concern is the provision of both overt and covert security cover for all the venues where the programmes will take place.”

“As well as hotels in which invited guests and dignitaries will be staying for the period up to the inauguration and immediately after.”

Monguno stated that there would be movement restrictions within a particular region near Eagle Square.

He further stated that traffic will be diverted and alternate routes for automobiles and pedestrians would be provided.

While assuring Nigerians of a peaceful inauguration, he asked them to avoid anything that may jeopardize the country’s peace.

“The committee has concluded arrangements for accreditation and issuance of tags, passes and identity documents for all security agents.

“If you have no business with security you need not be near the vicinity of the programme, especially on the inauguration day.

“We do not envisage anything that will be negative on that day, so, I urge everybody to be calm,” he said.




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