Tinubu who was sworn barely four days made the statement Thursday during a general security appraisal committee consisting of Chief of Staff, service chiefs, Inspector General of Police and other heads of the intelligence agencies.
ROYAL NEWS reports that in the meeting which lasted two hours, having being briefed by the participants, Mr President addressed prevailing issues confronting the nation in terms of insecurity and also mentioned his own philosophy towards dealing with national security issues.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the National Security Adviser, quoted Tinubu saying, “First and foremost, he appreciated the armed forces and intelligence agencies and the wider paramilitary agencies for the work they have been doing in the past couple of years. Their sacrifice, their loyalty, and he also paid tribute to those who died in defending this country, from the great big menace of terrorism, insurgency banditry, Oil theft, sea robbery, piracy, etc”.
Tinubu however clarified that he’s determined to build on whatever gains have been made and to reverse misfortunes and turn the tide in our favour.
“The President has revealed that in moving this country forward he needs the security agencies to redouble their efforts. And he’s also pointed out that his own philosophy is one of contemporary security measures dealing with the requirements of the time.
“He has made it very clear that he will not accept a situation in which our fortunes keep declining. And his own trajectory is that national security has to be coordinated, there has to be wherever whatever it says whether it is a basket system, but there must be a clearing house.
“All agencies must work to achieve one single purpose. Working at cross purposes and colliding with each other is not something that he will condone. He has made it very, very clear that all the security agencies must comply with the demands of coordination, with the demands of frequent consultations and also timely reports which must be acted on.
“He is going to embark on a lot of reforms in terms of our security architecture, he is going to take a closer look at our misfortunes in the maritime domain, focusing particularly on the issues of oil theft, that is not going to tolerate. Wherever the problem is coming from it must be crushed as soon as possible.
“He is already mandated by the security agencies to come up with a blueprint as far as he knows as far as it’s concerned, it doesn’t have the luxury of time. And whatever changes will be made have to be done as soon as possible.
“The President also has decided that what ever ventures the armed forces are going to be engaged in, they must carry along those operatives in the theatre. They must be well fed, well kitted, motivated and given all that they require.”
The President vowed to do whatever within his powers to enable the operational elements. He however demanded the intelligence agencies must also make their work easy for them by providing the type of intelligence that they require to carry out the assignment.
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