Deal with Biafran Separatists and Boko Haram, Buhari tasks Service Chiefs

Leigh Mccormick
August 24, 2017

In his absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as Acting President, had done his best under the circumstances he found himself.

He said Buhari appreciated the Vice President and security chiefs when he met them on Saturday night.

He wrote: "In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 21st August, 2017, after my medical follow-up in the United Kingdom". Furthermore, the President called on the officers to put an end to all threats to national stability and to protect lives and properties of citizens.

Abayomi Olonishakin, stated this on Tuesday in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting Buhari held with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari, had Monday in a broadcast to the nation charged the security agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months in the fight against insurgents "be a sign to relax".

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"Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety".

He said after the briefing, the President gave orders on some areas they should look at in order to enhance their operations. "Like I said, he (Buhari) has given the necessary directive which will be carried out by the military and security agencies", he said.

Olonisakin revealed that the President reiterated his stance on the continued survival of Nigeria as one geo-political entity.

Mr Yusuf Ali (SAN), who was of the view that the President should focus more on his campaign promises, said: "The President already has a mandate, he made promises during the campaign, if he fulfills all these campaign promises or a lot of them, we will be okay". "We updated him on all security issues around the country, within the country and outside the country, where our troops are". Apart from a renewed upsurge in the activities of Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa States, the ever-present centrifugal forces that threaten our national unity have crossed the proverbial red line, as the President appropriately noted in his broadcast yesterday.

Those who attendedthe meeting were all the service chiefs, National Security Adviser, retired Maj. -Gen. Babagana Monguno and Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura; Lt. -Gen. Tukur Buratai; and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubakar.

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