President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the national security agencies to restructure their strategies in battle against insurgency, banditry and other violent crimes.
The National Security Adviser (NSA) to the President, retired Maj-Gen. Babagana Mongonu, made this known while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the National Security Council meeting,
He said: “Mr President has also directed that we must rejig our strategy that is both in terms of operation and intelligence we must rejig our strategy to prevent further catastrophe.
“We must bear in mind that we owe a duty to the people that elected his government, our government and at the end of the day without securing the nation all other things cannot be addressed such as revamping the economy and also fighting corruption.’’
Mongonu also stated that his office also presented a memo to the Security Council at the meeting presided over by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
He said the memo focused on the danger of drug abuse in the society as well as the need to urgently address the problem
“I presented two memos. The first had to do with drug trafficking as well as drug addiction in Nigeria, and the widespread use of these substances and the dangerous impact on our social, economic situation.
“Basically, what I told the council was that this has taken on a worrisome dimension. Nigeria’s perception of the drug trafficking index has changed from the status from a transit hub to a production centre.
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“Between 2011 and 2019, approximately 17 manufacturing laboratories of dangerous substances were located by the various security agencies and destroyed. That is a large number.
“At the same, we have had increasing activities of illegal cultivators of Cannabis in Nigeria.
“These people basically use extremely large space of arable land to cultivate this illegal substance, employing militiamen to protect their farms and also their storage facilities.
“When you look at drugs, our main concern as security operatives is the ultimate destruction to the social fabric and economy of the nation.
“There is hardly any violent crime today in Nigeria that is not propelled by the use of these hard substances. And these hard substances have been coming in from all nooks and crannies,’’ he said.
“The Chief of Defence Staff, the army chief, inspector general of Police, heads of the various intelligence agencies also gave synopsis each of the current security situation and what their various organizations and agencies are doing about these situations,’’ he added.