We will review our strategies- Security Adviser

By Timothy Choji, Abuja


The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno said that security agencies in Nigeria will immediately review their strategies towards attaining success.

This is sequel to President Muhammadu Buhari’s warning to security agencies in the country to improve on their performance.

He said this at the end of Thursday’s meeting with Service Chiefs and the heads of other security agencies at the State House, Monguno assured Nigerians that they will soon see changes.

“First, we have to go back to the drawing board, nothing is ever too late. It’s regrettable that lives have been lost, a lot of chaos has arisen, but that doesn’t mean we ditched all our efforts, we are going to go back and that is why I emphasized on collective efforts; the convergence of all our efforts so that we can streamline and develop more meaningful strategies, but definitely there will be a change.

On when the long-awaited removal or change of Service Chiefs will happen, the NSA said it h hgggggtttwas the President’s prerogative to do so.

“These are issues that only the President can address, I’m just an adviser. It’s up to Mr President, he has the prerogative to make any change at whatever time he deems fit, remember he’s the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and he’s the one ultimately who will take this kind of executive decision,” he said.

He went further to underscore the need for all security agencies to synergise their reports before forwarding same to the President and Commander in Chief.

He said the Minister of Defence was working on a policy document on security, which will soon be presented to President Buhari.

“There’s a lot of flexibilities, a lot of issues of overlapping and interlocking responsibilities. For the office of the National Security Adviser, its mandate remains the same as before. This again is a decision that only the President can streamline because as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, he may deem it necessary to allocate certain tasks and responsibilities to certain organisations, even outside defence and security.

“So, he’s going to look up whatever is going to be presented to him by way of collective efforts. I know that the Honourable Minister of Defence is already reviewing the policy, Intelligence is also reviewing certain aspects and I think it’s the final document that Mr President will look at in determining what role should be played by what organisation, what department, what agency,” he said.



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