Insecurity: “I won’t leave Government as a failure” – Buhari assures

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his administration would do everything possible to address the security challenges facing the country, expressing his wish not to leave the government “as a failure”. Buhari gave his assurance yesterday, during the National Security Meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd), who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting, said the President expressed happiness over the success recorded so far by the security agencies in the fight against insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals in various…

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‘Security chiefs building personal business with arms funds’, Shehu Sani alleges

Former Senator Shehu Sani has accused security chiefs of funneling funds meant for prosecuting the war against terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements, into building their personal business empires. The former lawmaker, who stated this when he featured on a teevision programme at the weekend, lamented the lingering security challenges in the country, saying citizens were being massacred daily because security agents and the government of the day had become hopeless and helpless. According to him, the level of killing was too high for government to talk about providing infrastructure…

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Just In: Buhari approves new security measures for S/East, S/South

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new security measures for the Southeast and South-South regions of the country. This was one of the outcomes of the series of security meetings held in the last eleven days and concluded today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the meeting, however, declined to give details. The president also approved a memo presented by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), on the control of drugs, which he…

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Photo News: Buhari Holds security meeting after armed robbers’ attempted attack on Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presided over a security meeting held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, in Abuja. The meeting had in attendance the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, National Security Adviser, and Ministers. The nation’s service chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police, and heads of other security agencies were also in attendance. The meeting, which commenced about 10 am, is holding at the Conference Hall of the Office of…

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Missing Arms funds: NSA Monguno makes U-turn, says he was “misquoted”

After clearly indicting Nigeria’s former Service Chiefs under Buhari administration in missing arms procurement funds, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, has recanted. The NSA said he did not categorically say that funds meant for arms procurement were missing under the former Service Chiefs as widely reported. Recalk that Monguno had earlier revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will investigate the strange disappearance of funds released to the military to purchase arms and ammunition. Monguno, in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC) Hausa service yesterday, had revealed that the…

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“We can’t be induced to screen ex-Service Chiefs” – Senate

The Senate yesterday ruled out the possibility of being influenced to screen and confirm the immediate-past Service Chiefs as non-career ambassadors. President Muhammadu Buhari had last week forwarded the names of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd); Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (rtd) and Chief of Air Staff, Air-Marshal Sadique Abubakar (rtd), to the Senate for confirmation as envoys. Although, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said that the Senate is in order to…

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Re-jigging security architecture : “Sack National Security Adviser now”, Expert tells Buhari

An Abuja-based security and intelligence expert, Dr. Sani Aliyu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the current National Security Adviser, (NSA), Babagana Monguno, just as he relieved the immediate-past Service Chiefs of their responsibilities. Sani, who made the recommendation while featuring in a Liberty Television flagship programme Dialogue, hinged his advice on what he called failure of the NSA to properly co-ordinate the nation’s Security Chiefs in the face of escalating security situation in the country. According to the security and intelligence expert, inability to pro-actively analyse and…

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Nigerians in Diaspora hail President Buhari on Buratai, others’ Ambassadorial nominations

The Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the nomination of former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd) and three other immediate past service chiefs as non-career diplomats. In a statement issued by its Secretary-General, Raymond Egule, on Thursday, the NDMG said it is elated at the development, noting that it is a reward for hard work, diligence and dedication. According to Egule, this has confirmed that no amount of mudslinging and campaign of calumny can tarnish good names that are built on service to humanity. The…

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Buhari nominates former Service Chiefs for ambassadors

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of the immediate past Service Chiefs to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designates.  The nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (rtd), Lt-Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (rtd), Vice-Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (rtd), and Air Vice-Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (rtd).  A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed the nomination. In a letter to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, President Buhari said, “In accordance with section 171 (1), (2) (c) & sub-section (4) of…

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Buhari nominates Olonisakin, Buratai, others for ambassadorial positions

By Ishaku Yohanna President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of the immediate past service chiefs, as well as the Chief of Defence Intelligence, to the Senate to be confirmed as non-career ambassadors-designate. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday titled “President Buhari nominates Olonisakin, Buratai, Ibas, Abubakar, Usman as non-career ambassadors.” Adesina said their names have been sent to the Senate for confirmation. The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of the immediate past…

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