President Muhammadu Buhari met on Thursday with the nation’s security chiefs, and their message for the president and Nigerians was that the security strategy they are currently implementing is working.
Attendees included the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; as well as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. The national security adviser and the head of the National Intelligence Agency were also present.
- According to reports, the meeting lasted for over three hours and ended with the assurance that the armed forces will continue to work hard in the goal of securing the country and Nigerians.
- The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while speaking to journalists after the meeting, indicated that the meeting focused on ways to better secure the country. He maintained that the current strategy adopted by the armed forces is working and also added that the Nigerian territory is well secured by the security units and not undermined by anybody.
- “What we are going to do is to ensure that all hands are on deck and every Nigerian equally has a role to play by passing relevant intelligence to us. So far the strategy that we have on ground is really working and that is the one we will continue to pursue,” Abubakar said.
Where things stand: The strategy may be working in those meetings, but on the ground, more needs to be done. Just this past week, another round of attacks were reported in Zamfara state, for instance.