Soldiers’ Killing: President Buhari meets security chiefs

Soldiers’ Killing: President Buhari meets security chiefs

Sunday, November 25, 2018 11:26 pm

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Permanent Secretary Alhaji Ismaila Aliyu, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt General T.Y. Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar during a meeting with the Service Chiefs at the State House in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday presided over a meeting of security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as part of the ongoing efforts to engage military and intelligence community towards addressing Boko Haram insurgency.

Confirming this development in a tweet in Abuja on Sunday, the President’s aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, said all the service chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim and the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) Yusuf Bichi, were part of the meeting.

“All the Service Chiefs, IG of Police and DG of DSS were at the State House this morning.

As President Buhari said (Saturday) yesterday, in the coming days, he would be engaging the Military and Intelligence Chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking,’’ Ahmad said in the tweet.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports details of the meeting are yet to be made known to the public as of the time of filing this report.

However, President Buhari, who summoned an emergency meeting of the security chiefs over the reported killing of some Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram sect on the Nigeria-Chad border on Sunday, pledged to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities were blocked once and for all.

President Buhari, who made pledge in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja on Saturday, reiterated his administration’s commitment to the security of military personnel and other citizens.

Shehu said the president was reacting to the tragic incident, saying that “no responsible Commander-in-Chief would rest on his oars or fold his hands to allow terrorists to endanger the lives of military personnel and other citizens.

“Our loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to give them all the needed support, in terms of equipment and manpower, to succeed in ending the renewed threat.

“In the coming days, I am engaging the military and Intelligence Chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking.”

The President noted that fighting terrorism had taken a global dimension which necessitated international collaboration among states facing similar security challenges.

He, therefore, reassured Nigerians of his continued commitment to their security and of his efforts to sustain the momentum in the previous significant successes recorded against the terrorists.

The president, however, advised Nigerians against making a political capital out of the national tragedy, stressing that “members of the armed forces are one family, commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians.’’

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