Security: Buhari meets new Chief of Army Staff


By Abdullahi Mohammed, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday met with the Minister of Defence Mr Bashir Magashi, Chief of Defence Staff General Lucky Irabo and the Chief of Army Staff Major General Farouk Yahaya.

Speaking to State House correspondents, the Magashi said the President shared with them his experience, which they intend to use to address the current security challenges.“What really brought us to the Villa today is to present the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya; who was just appointed 11 days ago, to the President, for his blessings and guidance and the President offered advice on how we can go about doing this operation to improve the entire security of the country.

“Being an actor in the field in the past, he has given us a direction in which we can learn from his experiences and apply that to our mode of operations. With that, we are wiser today and we assured him that we will do our best to bring an end to the problem of security in this country,” he said.

He said the issue of synergy among the armed forces and all security agencies was stressed at the meeting, adding that there would be many changes in the security situation of the country.The minister said the military would collaborate with the police to bring peace in parts of the country where there are challenges.“In the North-Western part of the country, the major issue there is that of kidnapping, banditry and other criminalities; we are taking the challenge but you know really, that is a constitutional responsibility of the Police but we are giving maximum cooperation to them in order to see an end to the insecurity in the North-West.“In the North-East, it is a different scenario, where there is boko haram issue, which is an ideological thing but we are out and doing to ensure that we bring an end to the boko haram issue especially with the current development about Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP.) So, we are doing our best,” he said.