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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed dismay over the activities of bandits and insurgents in parts of the country, saying that the efforts of the service chiefs so far in combating crime is not good enough.
Retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, National Security Adviser to the President disclosed this to State House correspondents on Thursday after a closed-door security meeting with the President at the State House, Abuja.
Monguno also disclosed that President Buhari is not happy at the lack of synergy among the security agencies whose sole duty is fighting insurgency and banditry in the country.
“A meeting was just concluded between Mr. President and the heads of the security agencies – that is the operational heads consisting of Minister of Defence the service chiefs, and on the other hand, the intelligence components consisting of myself and intelligence heads.
“Today’s meeting basically focused on recent developments. Mr. President has expressed great concern over the declining security situation in the country.
“He is extremely unhappy about what is happening and he feels that even though the security agencies are doing their best, their best is not good enough for him and he wants an immediate reversal of the current trend and immediate reversal of our misfortunes in all their dimensions,’’ he said.
He said the President warned that he would not accept further escalation of the security situation in the country, so the service chief must go to work.
There are several reports of hundreds of innocent citizens who have been killed and properties either damaged or stolen by bandits in the northwest zone of the country in recent times.