The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), has dismissed reports that the fate of the country’s security chiefs topped the agenda of Thursday’s meeting of the National Security Council.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier on Thursday presided over the first National Security Council meeting for the year with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the security chiefs in attendance.
The meeting followed renewed calls among Nigerians for the removal of the service chiefs due to growing insecurity in some parts of the country.
Monguno, who spoke to State House correspondents at the end of the security meeting, said the Council which is the highest security body in the country, did not discuss anything about the service chiefs.
“The issue of the National Assembly resolution did not come up at the meeting,’’ he said.
The Senate had on Wednesday urged President Buhari to sack the service chiefs over growing insecurity in the country.
The service chiefs, according to the upper legislative chamber, have run out of ideas and overstayed their welcome as heads of the nation’s armed forces.
The NSA said the quarterly meeting focused on appraisal of the security situation across the country with a view to finding lasting solutions to the problem.
He added: “The meeting basically made an appraisal of the current security situation in the country and took a look at the possibilities, the opportunities available to the government in addressing most of the recent challenges.
“There were discussions and at the end of the day, the most important thing that we came up with is the need for collaboration, both between governmental agencies and the larger Nigerian society because of the type of the insurgencies we are faced with, the complexities and the multiplicity of all kinds of issues.
“There is a need for both parties, governmental agencies on one hand and the larger society to collaborate more vigorously. There is a need for us to deal with these problems in a comprehensive manner.
“Therefore, Council has decided to take a closer look at issues that will help us not just at the federal level or at the state level, but right down to the local government level.
“But this is going to be done after due consultations with the relevant stakeholders.”
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