Minister, service chiefs brief Osinbajo on security

Minister, service chiefs brief Osinbajo on security
March 01 21:39 2017

The Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo was on Wednesday briefed on security situation in the country by the Minister of Defence, Mr. Mansur Dan-Ali and the service chiefs.

Speaking at the opening session of the meeting, Dan-Ali commended the the present administration for the continuous funding of the armed forces to function effectively.

He said the sustained funding has significantly improved the capacity of the armed forces and troops in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists and other security threats across the country.

“Let me start by expressing our appreciation to the current administration for their relentless support and continuous funding of the armed forces in the conduct of its operations.

“This has no doubt impacted positively on the capacity of our armed forces and troops in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East and other security threats across the country,” he said.

He said the ongoing operation in the North East has recorded tremendous success and has led to restoration of normalcy in most parts of the states affected by the insurgency.

He said efforts were ongoing to ensure that civil authorities take a leading role as quickly as possible in the affected areas.

The minister also pledged the commitment and loyalty of the armed forces to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a extended vacation in London, United Kingdom.

“On behalf of the armed forces and other security agencies, we pledge our total commitment and loyalty to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria,” he said.

Those who attended the meeting were the National Security Adviser, Mr. Babagana Monguno; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutent General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibas Ibok; Director-General of the State Security Service, Mr. Lawal Daura; and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.