President Buhari met with the security chiefs ahead of his trip to UK


President Muhammadu Buhari had met with the heads of the nations security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. in a closed-door meeting yesterday.

It was reported that the meeting came ahead of his takeoff scheduled visit to London later in the day, to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit.

The summit itself opens on Monday, January 20. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Thursday said that President Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Thursday, next week.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said the Chiefs specifically briefed the President on what their services were doing to ensure that the security of Nigerians was not compromised.

You recall that we had a meeting on 30th December, 2019 and today we held another one. He however revealed that important of the meeting, and said is to critically evaluate what the armed forces of Nigeria as well as other security and intelligence agencies are doing with regard to ensuring that the territorial integrity of Nigeria is not undermined by any individual or groups.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the meeting also looked at the emerging situations including the menace of banditry in some North Western states as well as other parts of the country, saying the Nigeria Air Force was already assembling some of the fighter aircraft recently procured by the Federal Government to prosecute the onslaught against Boko Haram activities in the North East of the country.

He however added saying: Our plans is to reassure Nigerians that the armed forces of Nigeria, security and intelligence agencies in Nigeria are going to continue to work round in order to make sure that our country is secured and to ensure that nobody undermines the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Nigeria. Also we critically looked at everything and we are satisfied with the progress we are making with the support of the Federal Government to the armed forces and other security agencies.

He, however, disclosed by saying: we are expecting some equipment by the end of February. But two helicopter gunships had arrived at the Nigerian Air Force, on the 15th of January and we are now in the process of putting them together which will add to our equipment.

He further added saying: We are equally expecting other equipment like I said that are meant for the armed forces of Nigeria which we are hoping to get by the end of February.

He, however, continues his speech by saying: I am sure you are also aware of the policy on Community Policing that was recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. The whole idea of this community police is to ensure that Nigeria is secured and this will help Nigerians in pursuing their legitimate aspirations without any hindrance. And we are going to keep a very close watch on what is going on with the equipment that we are getting because I believe the challenges we are encountered in some part of the country especially in the Northeast of Nigeria, will be addressed adequately.

He added saying that: we are doing everything with support from other sister countries in the Lake Chad Basin, to ensure that the Boko Haram terrorism is brought substantially to an end as quickly as possible.

However, Marshal Abubakar appealed to Nigerians and other stakeholders to support and joins hands with the armed forces of Nigeria and other security and intelligence agencies to ensure that Nigeria was secured, rather than looking at other methods that are likely going to negate the national policy and community policing policy that the Federal Government had already approved.

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