President Bola Tinubu on Thursday, met with service chiefs for the first time since assumption into office.
Gatekeepers News reports that the President demanded security agencies to strengthen coordination and not to work at cross purposes.
At the end of the meeting, the President disclosed his own philosophy towards dealing with security issues, which is adoption of contemporary security measures to advance the country’s security fortunes.
The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno conveyed the President’s message while addressing State House correspondents.
Monguno disclosed that the President demands frequent consultations in tandem with the demands of the nation and will embark on a lot of reforms.
According to him, the President also mandated the security agencies to develop a blue print to deal with the issue of crude oil theft, indicating that the changes to meet the requirements of the changing times.
Those in attendance at the President’s first engagement with heads of the nation’s security and intelligence agencies include the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao; and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
Others include the Director-General of the Department of State Service(DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
During his inaugural speech at the Eagle Square on Monday, Tinubu promised to prioritise security, amongst other pressing areas.
The President had said, “We shall defend the nation from terror and all forms of criminality that threaten the peace and stability of our country and our sub-region.”
“Security shall be the top priority of our administration because neither prosperity nor justice can prevail amidst insecurity and violence.
“To effectively tackle this menace, we shall reform both our security doctrine and its architecture.
“We shall invest more in our security personnel, and this means more than an increase in number. We shall provide, better training, equipment, pay, and firepower,” he added.