President Buhari speaks on Nigeria’s security problems
President Muhammadu Buhari, through his National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj-Gen. Babagana Mongoni has urged security agencies in the country to involve a better strategy in the current war against insurgency, banditry and other violent crimes in some parts of the country.
He made this remarks while briefing the State House correspondents on the outcome of the National Security Council meeting, presided over by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
According to the NSA: “Mr President has also directed that we must rejig our strategy that is both in terms of operation and intelligence, we must rejig our strategy to prevent further catastrophe.
“We must bear in mind that we owe a duty to the people that elected his government, our government and at the end of the day without securing the nation all other things cannot be addressed such as revamping the economy and also fighting corruption.’’
Gen. Mongoni further stated that his office presented a memo to the Security Council on the danger of drug abuse in the society as well as the need to urgently address the problem
He made it clear that between 2011 and 2019, approximately 17 manufacturing laboratories of dangerous substances were located by the various security agencies and destroyed while increasing activities of illegal cultivators of `Cannabis’ were also recorded.
He felt very bad that criminals had resulted in the use of illegal substances and dangerous drugs like Tramadol to unleash violence on innocent citizens in society.
“I presented two memos. The first had to do with drug trafficking as well as drug addiction in Nigeria, and the widespread use of these substances and the dangerous impact on our social, economic situation.
“Basically, what I told the council was that this has taken on a worrisome dimension. Nigeria’s perception of the drug trafficking index has changed from the status from a transit hub to a production centre”. He said.