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What Buhari, Securty Chiefs Discussed at the National Security Council Meeting

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•COVID-19 impact on national security

•Counter-terrorism and Counter-insurgency operations

Jude Johnson

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday presided over the meeting of the National Security Council with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, in attendance.

Top on the agenda, we reliably gathered was the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the national security architecture as well as the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP)

Also in attendance are security and service chiefs as well as some cabinet members, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ra’uf Aregbesola, are also attending.

According to the report by the News Agency of Nigeria the meeting deliberated on national issues, including the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s security architecture.

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Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Ibok-Etuk Ibas
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu
Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

The meeting, it was learnt, was updated on the various successes being recorded in the fight against insurgency, banditry and other violent crimes across the country.

The leader of the outlawed Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, was in an audio clip on Tuesday crying and begging for help, following the intensified attacks on his members by the Nigerian soldiers in the battle fields.

An online newspaper reported on Wednesday: “In a new audio, the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, is no longer sounding pompous, but he is now crying like a baby.

“He also seeks Allah’s protection for him and his rag-tag terror gang from the firepower of the Nigerian military.”

Thursday’s meeting of the national security council was the first since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country and the death of former Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari.

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