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Jonathan summons governors to national security council meeting

17 April 2014, 12:51

Abuja  -  President Goodluck  Jonathan on Wednesday summoned the governors to an expanded National Security Council meeting to be held at the Presidential Villa on Thursday.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in Abuja.

Abati said that the enlarged meeting on security developments in the country would be chaired by the president.

According to him, the meeting will review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

He said prior to the enlarged meeting with the governors, the president would first hold meeting with members of the National Security Council.

Those expected at the meeting are Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau; and the National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki.

The others are: Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh; Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; Director-General, State Security Services, Ita Ekpeyong;  and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency.

Abati said Jonathan reassured all Nigerians and persons living in the country that the Federal Government remained mindful of its responsibility for the safety of their lives and property.

He said the president assured that government would continue to do everything possible to protect the people from the scourge of terrorism and insecurity.

Abati said the president was particularly concerned about the plight of the young Senior Secondary School girls who were reportedly abducted from their school in Borno on Monday night.

He said the president had ordered the military and national security agencies to deploy maximum efforts toward rescuing all of the girls and returning them safely to their parents.

The adviser added that the president welcomes the reports that the military and security agencies had already rescued some of the girls.

"President Jonathan deeply regrets the pain, sorrow and anguish brought upon many Nigerian families in recent days as a consequence of recurring security challenges which the nation is contending with.

"The president remains convinced that with the patriotic commitment and support of all Nigerians, the country will ultimately overcome its present challenges and move forward in unity and strength.’’

Abati said that the president called on all politicians in the country to exhibit greater responsibility and patriotism by doing more to support his administration.

He said the president called on the politicians to support efforts to enhance national security rather than trying to build political capital out of the pain and misery of Nigerians.

  - NAN

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