President Bola Tinubu held a crucial meeting with the country’s security apparatus at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday. During the meeting, he issued a strong directive to the nation’s security agencies, emphasizing the urgent need to intensify efforts in tackling the various challenges of terrorism, insurgency, banditry, oil theft, sea robbery, piracy, and other issues that continue to burden the country.
Expressing concern over the deteriorating security situation, President Bola Tinubu affirmed his administration’s commitment to building upon any progress that has been achieved so far. He made it clear that he would not tolerate a situation in which the nation’s fortunes decline further.
Following the two-hour meeting, known as the General Security Appraisal Committee, National Security Adviser Maj Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd) briefed the press. He quoted President Tinubu as stating that the new administration is determined to reverse the tide of insecurity that has plagued the country.
In light of this, President Bola Tinubu specifically directed the security agencies to collaborate and work together to achieve their set objectives. He emphasized that the new administration would not tolerate any instances of working at cross purposes or conflicting with each other.
Furthermore, President Bola Tinubu instructed the security agencies to prioritize coordination, engage in frequent consultations, and provide timely reports that must be acted upon.
Monguno highlighted that President Bola Tinubu intends to implement significant reforms in the country’s security architecture. He emphasized that the issue of oil theft, in particular, will be closely examined and dealt with decisively. Tinubu emphasized the urgency of addressing this problem and expects the security agencies to present a blueprint for immediate action.
In addition, Tinubu emphasized the importance of ensuring the well-being and motivation of operatives engaged in various security operations. He stressed that they must be adequately supported and provided with the necessary resources to carry out their duties effectively.
Tinubu also directed the intelligence agencies to enhance their efforts in providing crucial intelligence to facilitate the successful execution of their assignments.
Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, expressed satisfaction with the meeting, stating that the security chiefs received new instructions on how the President wants security to be pursued. He assured that the team is inspired and fully committed to carrying out the new tasks.
Attendees at the meeting included Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, and Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba. Also present were Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) Yusuf Bichi and Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
This meeting marks President Tinubu’s first official engagement with the heads of the nation’s security and intelligence agencies since assuming office. Previously, he had met with the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the Villa on Wednesday.