President Bola Tinubu has stated that he will not allow insecurity to bring Nigeria to its knees while other countries advance.
The national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, spoke to the press following a meeting with Tinubu and security chiefs at the Presidential Villa on Thursday.
Tinubu, according to Monguno, has also requested the heads of security agencies to produce a working plan to address the country’s continuing insecurity.
According to the national security adviser, the president also directed him and his team to confront marine insecurity and “crush” oil thieves.
According to Monguno, the president asked the security agencies to comply with “frequent consultations as well as timely reports that must be acted on.”
“All agencies must work to achieve one single purpose. Working at cross purposes and colliding with each other is not something that he will condone. He has made it very, very clear that all the security agencies must comply with the demands of coordination, with the demands of frequent consultations and also timely reports which must be acted on,” Monguno said.
“He is going to embark on a lot of reforms in terms of our security architecture. He is going to take a closer look at our misfortunes in the maritime domain, focusing particularly on the issues of oil theft that he is not going to tolerate. Wherever the problem is coming from, it must be crushed as soon as possible.”
“He has already mandated the security agencies to come up with a blueprint as far as he knows, as far as it’s concerned, he doesn’t have the luxury of time. And whatever changes will be made have to be done as soon as possible.”
“The president also has decided that whatever ventures the armed forces are going to be engaged in, they must carry along those operatives in the theatre. They must be well-fed, well-kitted, motivated, and given all that they require.”
“President has said clearly that he will do whatever is within his powers to enable the operational elements but the intelligence agencies must also make their work easy for them by providing the type of intelligence that they require to carry out the assignment.”
Lucky Irabor, chief of defense staff, Farouk Yahaya, chief of army staff, Awwal Gambo, chief of air staff, and Isiaka Amao, chief of navy staff, were all present at the meeting.
Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, Yusuf Bichi, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and Ahmed Abubakar, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) were among those present.