Nigerians Need To Live In Peace,’ President Buhari Orders Security Agencies To Double Their Efforts And Deal With Arm Bandiits


President Muhammadu Buhari presides over security council meeting at the State House, Abuja on November 25, 2021.


President Buhari with the service chiefs during their meeting


President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered all security agencies to double their efforts on their response to all those challenging Nigeria’s sovereignty and creating insecurity problem through criminality in whatever way.


The Hon. Minister of Interior, “Rauf Aregbesola”, disclosed the statement after the Security Council meeting presided by the President on Thursday at the Aso Villa, Abuja.


The minister told the State House correspondents that the meeting which lasted more than four hours also discussed the resurgence of criminal activities going along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.


“The President said that we are not yet where we should be; that Nigerians deserve to live in peace,” the minister said. “We appreciate the fact that we are in the season of festivity.


He added, “So, all agencies – committed to providing security for Nigerians and the maintenance of law and order – have been ordered to improve on their activities, intensify surveillance, and minimise if not eliminate totally any threat, and you will see an improved response to all those challenging the sovereignty of Nigeria in whatever form and creating insecurity in whatever form anywhere.”


The service chiefs together with some ministers having a chat after the security council meeting held at the State House in Abuja on November 25, 2021.


Some service chiefs discussing shortly after the meeting

Aregbesola also commended the conduct of the security agencies during the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.


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President Buhari stated, tasked the security agencies to intensify surveillance, patrol, and pursuit of criminals and eliminate any threat to law and order across country.


Aregbesola further said, “The Council on (Thursday) took a firm decision on what should be done and I can assure Nigerians that with the new order from the President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, there will be an improvement, a new response to all forms of criminality and illegal act in any part of Nigeria”.


The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd); Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), were among those that participated in the meeting.


Others who were physically in attendance included the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao; Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar.

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