President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to redouble his efforts and use every resources available at his disposal to check the spiralling insecurity across the country.
He made the pledge today at the National Security Council meeting which he convened at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja to discuss the issue.
Addressing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rted), said he briefed the Council about the insurgency in the Northeast, armed banditry and emergence of all kinds of illegal groups, as well as kidnappings which have been on the increase in recent times.
According to Monguno: “The most important thing is that I stressed to Council that there is a need for collective action not just for the security agencies but by all ministries, departments and agencies of governments, civil societies organizations and all non-governmental organisations within Nigeria.
“We have, of course known that we are all firmly within the cross hairs of all kinds of criminal elements trying to undermine national security.
“Mr. President noted all the issues raised and of course in due time he will be able to address these issues.
“Arising from this meeting, I will like to assure all Nigerians that Mr. President is fully on board, he is committed to doing whatever is necessary to reduce the spate of violence and insecurity in the country.
“He is also committed to spending whatever resources he has at his disposal to bring to a quick end to all the issues affecting Nigerians and bringing a lot of sorrows to Nigerians.
“That is the most important takeaway from today’s meeting – Mr. President’s reassurance that issues are being addressed and that he will redouble his effort in ensuring that the primary responsibility of government, which is to ensure the safety of lives and property, is realised.”
The meeting also discussed the Covid-19 pandemic and efforts of the government to contain the scourge.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Presidential Taskforce in COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, briefed the Council on the gains made so far, highlighting areas of concern, areas which need to be addressed, making projections for the next few weeks, as well as urgent attention and possible solutions.