President Buhari has assured Nigerians that his administration would do everything in its power to prevent a repeat of the recent #EndSARS protest while expressing concern over the increasing deplorable in the country especially the Northern part of the country.
He gave the assurance during the National Security Council (NSC) meeting held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
The President Buhari also stated that Nigerians, especially the youths, would be carried along by the administration in issues concerning maintenance of peace in the country.
He said the Council expressed concerns over the deplorable security situation in the northern part of the country and agreed it must be dealt with more decisively, employing proactive methods.
The council also highlighted the need to give more attention to the police, especially with reference to properly equipping the agency with all they need to carry out their duties appropriately.
While speaking to pressmen, the minister for police affairs, Mallam Mohammed Dingyadi said the meeting noted with concern the increasing cases of armed banditry particularly in the North-West and the North Eastern part of the country.
According to the minister, the conference agreed to be more proactive in dealing with the situation in a more decisive manner.
“The conference noted the need to pay greater attention to the police in the discharge of its functions to maintain peace in the country, in the areas of equipment and modern technology.
“We thank the president for the concern which he has shown in repositioning the police to perform more effectively. President Buhari also thanked NSC members for the efforts they are making in maintaining peace and assured members that he will do whatever it takes to support security agencies in providing peace in the country.” Mallam Dingyadi said.
He however noted that President Buhari, at the meeting, assured Nigerians that he will do whatever it takes to ensure the repeat of #ENDSARS protests does not occur in Nigeria again.
“President Buhari reassured that all stakeholders will be involved in the Process of maintaining peace in the country, particularly the youth, community leaders, traditional rulers, politicians, public servants, religious leaders and others.
“The federal government led by President Buhari will continue to maintain its bureaucratic, humane and just postures in handling security matters in the country,” he said.
Present at the meeting include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd).
Others include the Service Chiefs led by the Chief of Defense Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Also present are the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Director General of National, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai, the Directorate of Military Intelligence and the Minister for Police Affairs, Mallam Mohammed Dingyadi.