President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the service chiefs and heads of various security agencies to identify the leaders of kidnappers and bandits, as well as their sponsors, in order to restore peace and security in the country.
President Buhari gave the order shortly before his departure to London, the British capital, for a routine medical check-up, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd.), the National Security Adviser, announced on Tuesday.
Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting between the president and the service chiefs, Monguno said the commander-in-chief told the military leadership that a situation where the armed forces are reactionary rather than being proactive will no longer be tolerated.
According to the NSA, the president insisted that criminal elements cannot dictate the pace in the fight against insecurity.
Monguno also said the president also insisted that all the decisions approved at the national security council meeting in February remain enforced. The decisions include a ban on mining activities in Zamfara and the no-fly order imposed on the state.
The president was quoted as saying that the status quo should be maintained in Zamfara, so as to curb insecurity in the state.
Present at the meeting were the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; the NSA, General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff; Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; AIr Marshall Isiaka Amao, the Chief of Air Staff; and Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, the Chief of Naval Staff; and the Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Also present were the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
President Buhari is expected to proceed to London, the United Kingdom for a routine medical check-up, later today.
He is expected back in Nigeria during the second week of April 2021.