***Vows to turn the tide in Nigeria’s favour
By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
President Bola Ahmed has charged the country’s security agencies to redouble their efforts in order to win the war against insecurity confronting the country at the moment.
This is even as he has said that he is determined to reverse the misfortunes and turn the tide in the favour of Nigeria within the shortest possible period of his administration.
Tinubu’s charge to the security agencies was made public on Thursday by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) who briefed State House Correspondents after a Security Council meeting presided over by President Tinubu at Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the NSA, the president told the Heads of Security Agencies in Nigeria that he is determined to reverse the country’s security misfortunes and turn the tide in Nigeria’s favour.
Speaking further, Monguno said: “The president is determined to reverse misfortunes and turn the tide in our favour.
“As far he is concerned, this country should not be on its knees struggling whie countries are working and achieving greater heights.
“The president has resolved that in moving this country forward, he needs the security agencies to redouble their efforts.
“The President has made it clear that he will not accept the situation in which our fortunes keep declining. His own trajectory is that security has to be coordinated, whether it is a basket situation, it must be a clearing house”.
The NSA however said that the President has given an order that “All agencies must work together to achieve on purpose. Working at cross purposes and colliding with each other, is not something that he will condone.
He also said that Tinubu has made it clear that all the security agencies must comply with the demands of coordination, the demand of frequent consultation and also timely reports which must be acted on.
Said he: “he is going to embark on a lot of reforms in terms of our security architecture, he will take a closer look at our misfortunes in the maritime domain focusing particularly on the issues of oil theft, that he is not going to tolerate. Wherever the problem is coming from, it must be crushed as soon as possible.
“He has already mandated the security agencies to come up with a blueprint. As far as he knows, he doesn’t have the luxury of time and whatever changes will be made, have to done as soon as possible.
“The president also has decided that whatever ventures the armed forces are going to engaged in, they must carry along those operatives in the theatre, they must be well fed, well catered for, motivated and given all that they require.
“The president has said he will do whaterver that is within his powers to enable to enable the operational elements but the intelligent agencies must also make their work easier by providing the type of intelligence that they require to carryout their assignment”.
Tinubu presided over his first Security Meeting with Service Chiefs at the Aso Rock Villa today.
PromptNews can confirm that those present in the meeting are National Security Adviser (NSA) Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd);
Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor; the Chief of Army Staff (CAS) Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; Chief of Air Staff (COAS), Air Marshal Isiaka Amao and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Alkali Baba.
Others in the meeting are the Director-General of the Department of State Service(DSS), Mr. Yusuf Bichi; the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.