Jonathan sum­mons govs, se­cu­rity coun­cil meet­ings over at­tacks

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan yes­ter­day called for top level meet­ings to be held to­day over the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try.

Within the past 72 hours, 75 people had died in a bomb blast in Abuja while 129 fe­male stu­dents were ab­ducted in Borno, be­sides 20 other people killed in Borno vil­lages and seven in Wukari, Taraba State.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesman, Reuben Abati, said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that Jonathan sum­moned all state gov­er­nors and mem­bers of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to sep­a­rate meet­ings to be held to­day at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa against the back­drop of re­cent events and de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Abati, the meet­ing with mem­bers of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, which will be presided over by the pres­i­dent, is sched­uled for 11.00am.

He listed those ex­pected to at­tend as Vice Pres­i­dent Na­madi Sambo, De­fence Min­is­ter re­tired Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser re­tired Col. Sambo Da­suki, Chief of De­fence Staff Air Chief Mar­shal Alex Badeh, ser­vice chiefs, In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Mo­hammed Abubakar as well as the Di­rec­tors-Gen­eral of the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vices and the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Agency.

Abati said the meet­ing of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil would be fol­lowed at 1.00pm by an en­larged meet­ing on se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try to which Jonathan in­vited the state gov­er­nors.

He said the pres­i­dent, mem­bers of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and the state gov­er­nors would re­view the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try as well as on­go­ing na­tional se­cu­rity mea­sures and op­er­a­tions with a view to de­ter­min­ing the best way for­ward.

He con­veyed the pres­i­dent’s re­as­sur­ances of the federal govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to the safety of lives and property of all Nige­ri­ans and people liv­ing in all parts of the coun­try, say­ing it would con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to pro­tect them from the scourge of ter­ror­ism and in­se­cu­rity.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the pres­i­dent is par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about the plight of the young sec­ondary school girls ab­ducted from their school in Borno State on Mon­day night and has or­dered the mil­i­tary and na­tional se­cu­rity agencies to de­ploy max­i­mum ef­forts to­wards res­cu­ing and re­turn­ing them safely to their par­ents, adding that the pres­i­dent wel­comed re­ports that se­cu­rity agencies had al­ready res­cued some of the girls.

“Pres­i­dent Jonathan deeply re­grets the pain, sorrow and an­guish brought upon many Nige­rian fam­i­lies in re­cent days as a con­se­quence of recurring se­cu­rity chal­lenges which the na­tion is con­tend­ing with. The pres­i­dent re­mains con­vinced that with the pa­tri­otic com­mit­ment and sup­port of all Nige­ri­ans, the coun­try will ul­ti­mately over­come its present chal­lenges and move for­ward in unity and strength”, he said.

Abati said Jonathan would be pleased to see all politi­cians in the coun­try ex­hibit­ing greater re­spon­si­bil­ity and pa­tri­o­tism by do­ing more to sup­port his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sin­cere ef­forts to en­hance na­tional se­cu­rity rather than try to build “po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal out of the pain and mis­ery of their com­pa­tri­ots”.

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