Yesterday [Jun 2], President Muhammadu Buhari met with the service chiefs at the Defence House, Abuja, where the insurgency and security situation in the country was reviewed. Topmost on the agenda at the meeting was the Islamist terror group, the success recorded in the war against the sect, as well as strategies on sustaining the tempo against the terror group.
According to sources, another issue that featured during the meeting was incessant crude oil theft in the Niger Delta. At the end of the meeting, which lasted for over two hours, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin briefed State House correspondents on what transpired between them and the president.
Jibrin said: “Since he (Buhari) was inaugurated as our Commander-in-Chief, this is the first time that we are formally meeting him to give a general security briefing on the country, and that went very well; we have been able to provide insight into the security situation in Nigeria. “On Boko Haram, we briefed him on the level of successes that have been recorded, as we want to maintain the tempo and sustain that until they are routed out.”
On when the Command and Control Centre of the Defence Headquarter (DHQ) will be relocated to Maiduguri following Buhari’s directive, the CNS said: “On the command centre, we are the ones to go back and work on the modalities. Soon it will be carried out, it is a presidential directive, it must be carried out and we must do that as quickly as possible."
Jibrin also called on all Nigerians to continue to support the military and provide it with the needed intelligence to help them in their task to defeat Boko Haram. “You know as we continue to put pressure on them in the Sambisa Forest area, they will try to run away from there and then create further problems, using improvised explosives devices (IEDs),” adding that the group was becoming more daring and desperate in its tactics to destabilise Nigeria.
Those in attendance at the meeting were the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Kenneth T. J. Minimah; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal A. N. Amosun; Jibrin; National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki; and Inspector General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase.
Following the meeting with the security chiefs, the president is scheduled to leave for Niger this morning [Jun 3] where he will spend the night and proceed to Chad tomorrow to hold security meetings with their leaders.