Newly appointed Service Chiefs are among those attending National Security Council meeting taking place inside the Presidential Villa Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the closed door meeting.
Others in attendance are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Profe Ibrahim Gambari; and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), the Ministers of Defence, Interior, Police Affairs, and Foreign Affairs.
Meanwhile The Senate has confirmed appointment of the new Service Chiefs following the consideration of the report of the Committee on Defence which recommended their confirmation.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, last Wednesday referred the request of President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the committee on Defence.
Lawan gave the committee led by Senator Aliyu Wamakko, two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to the Senate in plenary.
The Senate confirmed their appointments at the committee of the whole and at plenary on Tuesday following the Wamakko report’s consideration
The new service chiefs are: Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, as Chief of Naval Staff; Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao as Chief of Air staff.
Ahmad Lawan charged the newly confirmed Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs to take the fight to bandits and insurgents in a renewed bid to ensure security of lives and properties across states in the country.
Lawan gave the charge during plenary in his remarks after the confirmation of their nominations by the Upper Chamber.
The Senate President who bemoaned the poor security situation in the country, empasized that the confirmation of the service chiefs places squarely on them the responsibility of addressing the problems of banditry, kidnapping and insurgency.
He said: “Let me take this opportunity to thank the former Service Chiefs for doing their best, and also advice the Chief of Defence Staff and New Service Chiefs that Nigerians expect so much from them.
“We are in a very serious situation. The security situation must be improved, and the buck is now going to stop on their tables as far as operations are concerned.”
Lawan while underscoring the importance of security in Nigeria, assured of the continued support of the National Assembly to the new leadership of the military.
He described as “unacceptable” the recent activities of bandits which saw the kidnapping of students in Katsina, Niger, and Zamfara states, respectively.
The Senate President said: “We in the National Assembly, particularly in the Senate, will continue to support our Armed Forces in whatever way is possible.
“We believe that there is no better investment today in Nigeria, and, indeed at anytime, than investing in the security of our country, to protect the lives and properties of our people.
“And, therefore, we will continue to support them, but we expect excellence. We expect them – our armed forces – to take the fight to the bandits.
“In a situation where bandits will come to a school, take over 300 hundred students on motorcycles and disappear into thin air without any trace is not acceptable.
“Something has to give, because apparently this is becoming an industry. Some people are benefitting from this, and we have to unravel who this people are and fight bandits and insurgents until we rescue our country.”
Lawan, therefore, advised the newly confirmed Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs to foster inter-agency cooperation among security agencies.
“Let me also advise the Service Chiefs that there must be inter-agency cooperation.
“The Army, the Airforce must coordinate their activities because they are supposed to have complimentary roles.
“I wish them all the success and we promise them, and indeed Nigerians that we will support them in whatever way is possible; that the parliament will come to their support,” he added.