Buhari: What The President Discussed With Service Chiefs


President Muhammadu Buhari held a crucial meeting with the National Security Council on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting was the first of such presided over by the president since he returned to the country on Saturday, August 19, 2017, after 103 days in London for medical treatment.

The closed door meeting which began at about 11:15 a.m and lasted for three hours had all the service chiefs in attendance – the Chief of Defence, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibot-Ete Ibas.

The National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno and Director-General, Department of State Security, Alhaji Lawal Daura were also present at the meeting.

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The Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, disclosed that some of the issues discussed at the meeting include the alleged Secret Service of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Boko Haram menace and the various security threats plaguing the country.

According to Olonisakin, President Buhari gave some directives including tackling the threats, which, he said, would be carried out by the military and the security agencies soon. He disclosed that the President was briefed on issues such as Biafra agitation, Boko Haram, kidnappings and quit notice, according to the Vanguard.

“We have been meeting with Mr. President for the last three hours. We updated him on all security issues around the country, within the country and outside the country, where our troops are.

“Of course, we have just updated him because he is aware of what’s been happening. He has been receiving regular briefings from the acting president and he has also been going through the print media and electronic media to follow the happenings in the country.

“After the meeting, he has directed on some areas we should look at so as to enhance our operations in the country.”

“The issues of security, every security threat, all security threats were treated one after the other ranging from terrorism to kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clash, to IPOB issue.

“In his address to the nation, he talked about the unity of the nation which is non-negotiable. We have all been fully instructed to ensure that that directive is carried out to the letter.

“We are going to enhance our operations in all the areas we need to do that. Like I said, he has given the necessary directives which will be carried out by the military and the security agencies,” Olonisakin said.

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In a related development, President Buhari has on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, called off the weekly meeting of the members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) , which normally starts around 10am every Wednesday.

According to the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the reason for the decision is to allow the Investigative Committee headed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal to present its report to President Buhari by 12pm.

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The Investigative Committee will also present its report on the money recovered in a private building in Ikoyi, Lagos State which also involved the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke.

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