President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called for a blueprint to fight insecurity from the service chiefs and heads of security and intelligence agencies.
He insisted the blueprint must be ‘purpose-driven’ to reestablish sanity nationwide, saying “his administration does not have the luxury of time.”
Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.), who spoke with State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, made the demand during his maiden official meeting with service chiefs and heads of intelligence.
Monguno said the security chiefs during the meeting briefed Tinubu on the activities of their various security formations and listen to him about his expectations on fighting insecurity.
In his words: “The President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces has just concluded a meeting of the general security appraisal committee consisting of the Chief of Staff service chiefs Inspector General of Police, and heads of the intelligence agencies.
“This is the very first meeting he had with the heads of the security agencies. The meeting lasted for two hours.
“Having been briefed by the participants of the meeting, Mr. President, addressed prevailing issues confronting the nation in terms of insecurity and also mentioned his own philosophy towards dealing with national security issues.
“Mr. President appreciated the armed forces and intelligence agencies and the wider paramilitary agencies for the work they have been doing in the past couple of years.
“Their sacrifice, their loyalty, and he also paid tribute to those who died in defending this country, from the great big menace of terrorism, insurgency banditry, oil theft, sea robbery, piracy, etc.
“The President has made it very clear that he’s determined to build on whatever gains that have been made and to reverse misfortunes and turn the tide in our favour.
“As far as he’s concerned, this country should not be on its knees struggling while other countries are working and achieving greater heights. The President demanded the security agencies to redouble their efforts.
“He has made it very clear that he will not accept a situation in which our fortunes keep declining. And his own trajectory is that national security has to be coordinated.
“All agencies must work to achieve one single purpose. Working at cross purposes and colliding with each other is not something that he will condone. He has made it very, very clear that all the security agencies must comply with the demands of coordination, with the demands of frequent consultations and also timely reports which must be acted on.
“He is going to embark on a lot of reforms in terms of our security architecture, he is going to take a closer look at our misfortunes in the maritime domain, focusing particularly on the issues of oil theft, that as far as he is concerned, he is not going to tolerate oil theft Wherever the problem is coming from it must be crushed as soon as possible.”
Monguno said the President has mandated the security agencies to provide a blueprint for the country as “he doesn’t have the luxury of time.”
“The President also has decided that whatever ventures the armed forces are going to be engaged in, they must carry along those operatives in the theatre. They must be well fed, well kitted, motivated and given all that they require.
“President has said clearly that he will do whatever is within his powers to enable the operational elements but the intelligence agencies must also make their work easy for them by providing the type of intelligence that they require to carry out the assignment.”
Also speaking with journalists, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, disclosed that Tinubu has vowed not tolerate insecurity in any form under his watch.
According to him, the President maintained that he would not allow terrorists to bring Nigeria to her knees while other countries record achievements in key sectors of their economies.