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Buhari chairs security council meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari has presided over the National Security Council Meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The meeting is coming on the heels of growing calls on the service chiefs to resign over the rising insecurity in the country.

The National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, said the meeting did not discuss the calls for the sack of service chiefs.

Monguno told State House correspondents that “The meeting basically made an appraisal of the current security situation in the country and took a look at the possibilities, the opportunities available to government in addressing most of the recent challenges.

“There were discussions and at the end of the day, the most important thing that we came up with is the need for collaboration, both between governmental agencies and the larger Nigerian society because of the type of insurgencies we are faced with, the complexities, the multiplicity of all kinds of issues.

“There is a need for both parties, governmental agencies on one hand and the larger society to collaborate more vigorously. There is a need for us to deal with these problems in a comprehensive manner.

“Therefore, the council has decided to take a closer look at issues that will help us not just at the federal level or at the state level, but right down to the local government level.

“But this is going to be done after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders.”

Others at the meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Ministers of Defence Bashir Magashi, Interior Rauf Aregbesola, Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi, Service Chiefs, IG of Police, DG DSS, and other heads of security agencies and senior government officials.

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