President Buhari vows to review national security architecture

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he would review the entire national security architecture to tackle security challenges confronting the country.

The president stated this in a letter dated Jan. 25, 2018 to President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, which was read at plenary on Wednesday.

“Action is being initiated and I expect to receive maximum cooperation from the Senate in line with Paragraph Three of the Senate resolutions.

“As I briefed you and the Rt. Hon Speaker when we met on Jan. 14, several courses of action have been taken prior to the Senate resolution.

“You may recall that I told you of the following steps taken as soon as the information came to me about the Benue killings.

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“On Thursday, Jan. 4, I sent the Minister of Interior and the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

“On Friday, Jan. 5, the Inspector-General of Police briefed me verbally on the latest situation. Calm had then been restored,” Buhari wrote.

The letter also stated that on Monday, Jan. 8, “the Minister of Interior met with the governors of Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa.

“This was together with the DG of Department of State Security, IG-P, Commandant-General, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“The Commissioners of Police from the six aforementioned states and Comptrollers of Civil Defence of the six aforementioned states were part of the meeting.

“At the instance of Gov. Samuel Ortom, a meeting was held in the presidential villa on Jan. 15 with a cross-section of Benue people where frank and open discussions were held.

“Everybody appreciated the difficulties of the farmers-herders strife. I assured all of my commitment and assured that justice would be done.’’

The president added that “to infer, therefore, that nothing has been done, is incorrect. The police are strenuously working to apprehend the rest of the culprits of these heartless killings.

“The Senate’s resolution itemized in your letter would be taken into consideration and I am instructing all relevant MDAs to factor them in their work.’’

He, therefore, reiterated his commitment to review the national security architecture of the country as promised in his inaugural address in 2015.