INSURGENCY: Your best not good enough, Buhari tells security chiefs


President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed serious concern over the activities of bandits and insurgents in parts of the country, saying though the security chiefs had been doing their best, their best had not been good enough for the challenges facing the nation.

Disclosing this to State House Correspondents after a security briefing, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd.), said the President had charged managers of the nation’s security to redouble their efforts.

Monguno also disclosed that the President frowned at the lack of synergy among the security agencies saddled with the responsibility of fighting insurgency and banditry in the country. He has therefore declared that excuses will no longer be tolerated, even as he said he expects everyone to live up to expectations.

He said the President charged the office of the NSA to meet with governors of the Northwest states and that of Niger State, for briefing and strategic organisation of a response to the Banditry problem in their domains.

“A meeting was just concluded between Mr. President and the heads of the security agencies – that is the operational heads consisting of Minister of Defence, the service chiefs, and on the other hand, the intelligence components consisting of myself and intelligence heads.

“Today’s meeting basically focused on recent developments. Mr. President has expressed great concern over the declining security situation in the country.

“He is extremely unhappy about what is happening and he feels that even though the security agencies are doing their best, their best is not good enough for him and he wants an immediate reversal of the current trend and immediate reversal of our misfortunes in all their dimensions,’’ he said.

He said the President warned that he would not accept further escalation of the security situation in the country.