President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed his commitment to deploy resources to combat security challenges causing sorrows and trauma to Nigerians.
Buhari made this known as he presided over a meeting of the National Security Council, the country’s highest security body, in the State House, Abuja, saying he would redouble his effort in ensuring the realisation of the primary responsibility of government, which is to ensure the safety of lives and property.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.), said he briefed the council on the current security crisis bedeviling the country, especially on terrorism in the North-east, banditry in other parts of the country, the emergence of more groups and rising cases of kidnappings in recent times.
He said the council was informed on the necessity for all security agencies and all other agencies of government as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to collaborate effectively with a view to tackling the challenges.
Monguno stated that Buhari pledged to deploy resources to counter the menace adding that the president was conscious of the constitutional provision that the primary responsibility of the government is the security of citizens.
Against this background, he said the president promised to double efforts on security matters.
He said: “I, as national security adviser presented a couple of memos to the council in relation to the current security challenges faced by Nigeria and of course these are issues that revolve around the insurgency in the North-east, banditry, and emergence of all kinds of groups that are not essentially bonafide.
“I also highlighted other issues that are related to the problems of kidnapping, which we noticed has been on the increase in recent times.
“But the most important thing is that I stressed to the 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 organisations and all non-governmental organisations within Nigeria.
“We have, of course, known that we are all firmly within the crux 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.”