Council Of State asks Buhari to wake up to Nigeria’s security challenges
The Council of State has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to act fast to curb the worsening security situation across the country.
Members of the council include the president, vice president, past presidents, Senate president, House of Representatives Speaker, and serving and past Chief Justices of Nigeria.
Others are the attorney general of the federation, all state governors, and the minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Those in attendance at the meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, secretary to the government of the federation Boss Mustapha, national security adviser Babagana Monguno, and chief of staff to the president Ibrahim Gambari.
Former heads of state physically in attendance were Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, and Goodluck Jonathan.
Others attended the meeting virtually from their various locations.
State governors in attendance were Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), and Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) amongst others.
Other governors attended virtually.
Against the backdrop of the meeting, the president is scheduled to hold a meeting with heads of security agencies on April 19, 2022.
Jigawa State governor, Abubakar Badaru, who spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting of the Council of State, said the president will discuss with the agencies’ heads on the recommendations and comments by the council on the worsening insecurity in the country.
If the meeting with service chiefs holds, it will be the second of such within three weeks. It is also coming up amidst the recent killing of over 100 people in Plateau and Benue states.
In recent weeks, from the destruction of public facilities to attempted jailbreaks, kidnapping, train attacks, and killings, the country has been beset by various security challenges.
In the north, residents remain at the mercy of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits, while in the south, security agencies and government facilities are increasingly becoming targets of attacks by gunmen.
This is despite several reassurances by the federal government and security agencies on the safety of Nigerians.
In another attack that occurred on Wednesday, five students of the College of Health Science and Technology in Tsafe town, Zamfara State, were abducted by bandits.
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