The National Security Adviser, Gen, Babagana Munguno, yesterday said that the security situation in the country now was unpredictable.
Muguno, who briefed journalists after a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the National Security Council (NSC) in Abuja, said that there was need for a collaborative effort from all Nigerians to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.
He said that the security situation in Nigeria had become very unpredictable in recent times.
“The security situation is like a graph; sometimes it goes up, sometimes it comes down and that is why we have to assess it periodically. It will never remain level till we bring the whole situation to an end. Sometimes it could escalate, sometimes, it would go down. So, there is no perfect answer to it. If I tell you that it has improved, as we walk out of this place, something might happen. There might be an explosion somewhere. These are things that are not predictable; these are things that you cannot actually determine. That is the nature of this type of conflict we are facing.”
Monguno further said that after the assessment of the security situation in the country, the National Security Council resolved to promote collaboration between government agencies and the larger society on security issues.
He, however, declined to comment further on the nature of the collaboration that the meeting resolved to adopt.
“The issue of collaboration is not something that I can disclose right now. We just concluded the meeting and we have to look at the issues before coming out with whatever decision. For collaboration, I want to think that everybody understands the need for a whole government approach in collaborating with the whole of society approach to achieve a lot. This situation requires everybody in the country to work together to deal with these challenges. So, where there are gaps, we need to close these gaps. That is what I mean by collaboration.”
Monguno said that given the multiplicity and complexity of the insecurity facing Nigeria, the Council has decided to take a closer look at issues that would help government at all levels in tackling the insecurity.
On whether the Council discussed the resolution passed by the House of Representatives mandating the service chiefs to either resign or be sacked, the NSA said the resolution passed by members of the National Assembly did not come up at the meeting.
The meeting, which held at the Presidential Villa, was to brainstorm on the possible solutions to the fresh wave of insurgency and banditry in Nigeria.
It was the first meeting of the NSC for this year and came on the heels of public outcry against the worsening level of insecurity across the country.
Those at the meeting, chaired by the President, included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magashi; Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Monguno.
Others were the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar; Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rafa’i Abubakar and Mr. Yusuph Bichi, the Director-General , Department of State Services.
The meeting held behind closed doors, apparently due to the sensitivity of the issues on the agenda and the need to manage intelligence and other classified information properly.
Also yesterday, former President, Goodluck Jonathan, met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. It was Jonathan’s second visit to the seat of power in the last three months.
The former president was sighted being ushered into the president’s office at about 1.45pm.
The reason for yesterday’s meeting between the two was not made public and whether the meeting was at the behest of President Buhari, was also a subject of speculation. The parley lasted barely ten minutes as Jonathan was again sighted being chauffeured out from the forecourt of the State House at 2:01pm.
The outcome of the parley was not disclosed to newsmen as efforts to get access to Jonathan for interview were thwarted by security operatives manning the gate leading to the President’s office.
Unofficial sources within the Villa, however, disclosed that the meeting may be for solidarity purpose amidst the current security challenges facing the country.
Jonathan had, on October 10, 2019, paid a similar visit to the Presidential Villa, the first since Buhari’s re-election for a second term. During that first visit, he arrived at the State House around 2.58 pm and met with the President behind closed doors in his office. The meeting lasted for 10 minutes.
As in the latest case, the presidency did not give an official explanation for the visit, neither did Jonathan speak with State House Correspondents, who were on hand to engage him in a chat.