Nigeria’s Security Architecture For Restructuring 

Moses Ofodeme

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, August 4, ordered the reengineering of the nation’s entire security apparatus.

This was revealed according to a statement by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno.

Mongono,  spoke to journalists after the third National Security Council meeting in 2020 chaired by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The security adviser called for calm; promising that the President along with the Service Chiefs is doing a lot to handle the insecurity in the northwest and north-central states.

He further explained that the country has to contend with the increasing issue of drug addiction and trafficking which was addressed at the meeting.

According to Mongono, Nigeria has moved from a transit hub to a drug production centre.

He noted that 17 meth labs were recently shut down in the country and called for a wholesome national approach to stopping the drug menace.

Also during the meeting, the heads of various intelligence briefed on their plans towards ending insecurity in the country.

The NSA further addressed the recent attack on the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum and his convoy, and the accusations of sabotage in the war on terror by the governor.

On the Southern Kaduna Killings, the NSA said it is a political matter and the state governor is doing his best to tackle the situation.

The meeting was attended by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the Chief of Staff to the President; Professor Ibrahim Gambari; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha; and also the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd).

Others are the Service Chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and also the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Also present were the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu; the Director-General of National, Department of State Services, DSS, Yusuf Bichi; the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ahmed Rufa’i, and also the Directorate of Military Intelligence.

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