When all tactics seem not to be working, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security chiefs to find new strategies to deal with the lingering security challenges in the country, particularly in the Northwest and North-Central.
The President gave the directive on Tuesday, during a three-hour security meeting with Service Chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, reiterating the urgent need to deal with the bandits, who according to the security chiefs, are becoming a nuisance, killing and making reckless pronouncements to solicit attention.
The Minister of Defense, General Bashir Magashi, disclosed to the State House correspondents after the meeting that the government reviewed the situation in the country and concluded that it can resolve the security challenges, especially in Zamfara State and the North Central, which was of huge concern at the meeting, but with the cooperation of Nigerians.
Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor leading the Service Chiefs to the security meeting with President Buhari on Monday, September 9, 2021.
According to Magashi, a batch of six A-29 Super Tucano Jets will arrive in the country next week while the jets in the first batch already delivered are being teste-runned.
The President chaired the security meeting with the service chiefs physically in attendance.
The Service Chiefs were led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Minister of Defence, General Bashir Magashi (rtd).
President Muhammadu Buhari during the security meeting with the Service Chiefs on Monday, September 9, 2021.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Abubakar Malami; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, were all in attendance.
Today’s meeting with the Service Chiefs is holding weeks after the previous one held on August 19 shortly after President Buhari’s medical trip to London.
At the security meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor, and other security chiefs briefed the President on recent developments associated with the security challenges facing the nation.