President Muhammad Buhari again met with the security chiefs in Abuja on Tuesday over the increasing waves of insecurity in the country.
Tuesday’s meeting, the third in less than three weeks, continues a series of meeting which started on Friday, April 30 as violence and kidnappings continue to rock parts of the country.
As with previous meetings, the latest is being held behind closed doors, and it remains unclear the details of the discussions beyond the drive to secure the nation.
Beyond the President and the security chiefs, the meeting was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Over the past three weeks, the security challenges that have led to the recent change of the service chiefs and the security meetings have continued. In the South, security formations and police stations have been attacked and operatives have battled kidnappers, gunmen, bandits, and suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In the north, bandits have continued their reign of terror attack in villages and kidnapping people for ransom.
The security agencies and government has also recorded wins with the release of abducted students in Kaduna, Benue, and Asia while several bandits have been killed and some leaders arrested.
Although the details of the security meetings have been kept under wraps, both the President and his vice have called for unity and an end to the violence.
He charged the leadership at every level to go back to the basics, noting that a bottom-up approach was necessary, from ward to local council, states, and federal.