President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed serious concern over the activities of bandits and insurgents in parts of the country, saying that the efforts of the security chiefs toward addressing the menace are not good enough.
The National Security Adviser to the President, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Thursday after a closed-door security meeting with the President at the State House, Abuja.
Monguno also disclosed that the President frowned at the lack of synergy among the security agencies saddled with the responsibility of fighting insurgency and banditry in the country.
He said: “A meeting was just concluded between Mr. President and the heads of the security agencies, that is the operational heads consisting of Minister of Defence, the Service Chiefs and on the other hand the intelligence components consisting of myself and intelligence heads.
“Today’s meeting basically focused on recent developments.
“Mr. President has expressed great concern over the declining security situation in the country.
“He is extremely unhappy about what is happening and he feels that even though the security agencies are doing their best, their best is not good enough for him and he wants an immediate reversal of the current trend and immediate reversal of our misfortunes in all their dimensions.”
Monguno said the President warned that he would not accept further escalation of the security situation in the country.
Thursday’s meeting had in attendance the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Others included the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman; Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi; and Director-General, Nigeria Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar.
Others at the meeting were Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and Minister of Defence, retired Major General Bashir Magashi.