Buhari Holds Closed Door Meeting With North-East Governors, Service Chiefs, Other Security Chiefs

By Sadiq Abubakar, The Nigerian Voice, Maiduguri

Sequel to the second closed door meeting of the North East State Govenrors Forum and 11 Points Communique issued at the of the forum's meeting last Saturday in Maiduguri, where security challenges in the north east was on the agenda and Communique issued.

The North East State Govenrors led by the Chairman of the forum, Borno State Govenror, Professor Babagama Umara Zulum stormed the Presidential Villa Abuja Monday for further discussions with President Buhari and Service Chiefs on the security situation in the north east and the country, at larger.

As President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding meeting with the North East State Governors and Service Chiefs as well as other Heads of Security Agencies at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa Abuja.

The meeting which is being held behind closed doors has Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria (SFGN), Barrister Boss Mustapha, the National Security Adviser (NSO), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and the Chief of Staff to the President (COS), Professor Ibrahim Gambari among others in attendance.

The North East Governors in attendance include the Chairman of the NESGF who us also the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Ahmadu Unaru Fintri; Goverbir of Bauchi State, Dr. Bala Mohammed; Governor of Gombe State, Alagji Inuwa Yahaya; Governor of Taraba, Darius Dickson Ishaku; and Governor of Yobe, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu; and the Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi are also in attendance.

Others include the Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufa’i; the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi; (rtd) and Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammad Dingyadi.

The meeting is expected to deliberate extensively on the lingering Boko Haram insurgency in the North East and country at large, armed robbery, armed banditry, kidnapping , rustling and other security issues bedevilling the region and nation.