VOICE OF NIGERIA
3 June, 2015
The Nigerian President,Muhammadu Buhari has held his first meeting with the National Security Council, made up of Service Chiefs and other security top shots. The meeting took place at the Defense Guest House, Maitama, Abuja.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin said the Service Chiefs were on the verge of relocating the military command to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital in the North East; adding that it was a Presidential order that had to be obeyed as quickly as possible.
Vice Admiral Jibrin noted that the military would sustain the tempo of the recent successes against the Boko Haram sect calling for more assistance from members of the public in terms of intelligence gathering.
“All Nigerians should continue to support the military and provide us with the needed intelligence, any suspicious movement should be reported to the police of course the police will make that available to us. You know as we continue to put pressure on them, in the Sambisa area, they will try to run away from there and then create further problems, using improvised explosive devices”. he said.
On the details of the meeting with the President, Vice Admiral Jibrin said: “Since he was inaugurated as our Commander-in- Chief, this is the first time that we are formally meeting him to give him general security briefing of the country,and that went very well, we have been able to provide insights into the security situation of Nigeria”.
On the issue of Boko Haram, Vice Admiral Jibrin said; “The Boko Haram issue, like I told you we have just given him general briefing with respect to general security situation. Specifically on Boko Haram, with the level of successes being recorded, we want to maintain the tempo, and sustain it until they are rooted out.
Other Service Chiefs in attendance at the meeting were Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Kenneth T. J. Minimah, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal A. N. Amosun and the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase.