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Buhari presides over security council meeting at Aso Villa to tackle insecurity

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reconvened the meeting of the National Security Council, which started on May 30, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

1st News reports that the meeting was called by Buhari to continue deliberations on issues of national security concern.

Those in attendance at today’s meeting include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Others are the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi and the National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj.- Gen. Babagana Monguno, as well as the acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff; Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo, are also in attendance at the crucial meeting.

Meanwhile, a former President of the Senate, Pius Anyim, has implored President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate a special panel to investigate the agitations across Nigeria especially by aggrieved minorities.

This was contained in a letter issued to Buhari dated May 3, 2021, and titled ‘Re: The State of Insecurity in the Nation: My Suggestion.’

Anyim said, “The perilous threats to our national sovereignty at the time you took over the reins of power in 2015 were the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East; the armed agitation in the Niger Delta region and the IPOB agitation in the South-East.

“Mr President, on your assumption of office, the most striking promise you made to the nation was to tackle insecurity; with emphasis on reclaiming the territories occupied by Boko Haram.

“I must admit that you did approach the insecurity challenge with commendable determination; but, unfortunately, the challenge, with time, became hydra-headed and no doubt went beyond your control,” he wrote.

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Anyim recalled that in the build-up to securing Nigeria’s independence, the British colonial administration was confronted with reservations by minority tribes in the three regions of Northern, Eastern, and Western Nigeria, “about fears of domination by the majority tribes.”

In order to find a lasting solution, he said the administration appointed a commission; to “enquire into the fears of minorities and means of allaying them.”

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