National Security Council has promised to implement new strategies to address the worsening insecurity and terrorist attacks nationwide as Nigerians are getting fed up with the menace and now resorting to self-help.
National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), stated this while addressing State House correspondents at the end of Thursday’s Security Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Monguno who jointly addressed newsmen with the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, said President Buhari was aware of the dire security challenges currently confronting the country.
But he noted that the solution will not come from a single strategy.
The NSA said, “We are in a difficult situation. The Council understands. The President understands. But there is no straight, cut and drive method around this unless we collectively fight it.
“People are getting tired and are beginning to gravitate into other means of self-help. But the truth is that help is rooted in everyone working together to end this.”
Commenting on last Friday night’s attack on the troops of the 7 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army Presidential Guards Brigade, Monguno said no country can win an asymmetric warfare without the support of its citizens.
He said the Council had agreed on new strategies to curtail the menace, assuring that a renewed momentum would soon be seen against terrorism.
“The various entities concerned have started working on these new strategies. They have also given their word to the President,” Monguno said.
The NSA also disclosed that Council will soon conclude its special investigation on the July 5 Kuje Correctional Centre attack in which over 600 terrorists were set free from detention and would punish those who, by neglect of duty, allowed the terrorists to escape.
Monguno, who refused to entertain questions from journalists afterwards, warned the media to stop giving wide publicity to the terrorists, stressing that such materials flooding the internet have dire consequences for the country.