- The new service chiefs have pledged their commitment to end the insurgency in the country
- General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, made this known during a meeting with the northern governors on Monday, February 15
- Irabor noted that the Armed Forces would ensure that no stone is left unturned to bring peace to the troubled areas within the country
In what seems like a spirited efforts to end senseless killings and kidnapping of innocent Nigerians in some parts of the country, a delegation of the federal government and the newly appointed service chiefs have met with northern governors.
Channels TV reports that the meeting which was held in Kaduna state on Monday, February 15, had in attendance governors of Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Kano, Sokoto, and Plateau states.
Legit.ng gathered that the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, northern traditional rulers and clerics were also part of the meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, said the meeting was to intimate the governors and other leaders that the security situation in the northest is of great concern to the federal government.
Irabor also assured that the Armed Forces is rejigging the nation’s security architecture in order to effectively tackle the security challenges in the zone and other parts of the country.
The NSA said the meeting is a fallout of his dialogue with service chiefs, heads of law enforcement, security, and intelligence agencies to discuss the threats of kidnapping, terrorism, and other security issues threatening the lives and property of Nigerians.
Munguno also urged all stakeholders including political and religious leaders to collaborate with the government towards finding lasting solutions to the problem.
A popular Islamic cleric and northern leader, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, in his remarks, described the recent conflict in the southwest zone as the handiwork of a few miscreants whose intention is to cause an ethnic crisis.
He, however, called on all citizens especially those from the north to shun any form of reprisal and promote things that would further unite the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that in a solidified effort towards ending the security crisis across the country, the federal government said it would begin holding a meeting with governors, traditional rulers and necessary stakeholders in all geo-political zones.
It was reported that the NSA made this disclosure on Sunday, February 14, in a statement which was obtained by Legit.ng.
The statement was issued after the NSA's meeting with the new security chiefs, heads of law enforcement forces and intelligence agencies.
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