The Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), on Wednesday presided over an Inter-Ministerial meeting in furtherance of Presidential Commitment to end banditary, insurgency and related crimes threatening Nigeria’s territorial integrity is receiving immediate attention.
This, according to the Special Assistant Media and Publicity to the Minister of Defence, Mr. Mohammad Abdulkadri, followed a standing directive handed down to four Ministers by the Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, to evolve new strategy to deal with the security challenges in Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and other parts of the country.
Mohammed stated that the Ministers who were charged with the responsibility to fashion out a new operational template to end the activities of the criminal elements are those whose portfolios take charge of security operatives Military and paramilitary Operatives. They include: Ministers of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi, Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
He said the strategic security interface by the four political heads which lasted for about three hours were held behind closed doors.
Magashi, while speaking at the end of the meeting revealed that the political heads have resolved to drive the Presidential directive to achieve the end-state of putting the country back on the track of normalcy especially the states facing daily incursions of banditary and terrorism.
He said issues in the front burner of public concern regarding the banditary and killings in katsina,Zamfara and Sokoto states were properly put in context and well articulated for policy implementation.
The host Minister assured that the military will double their efforts to decimate the bandits for peace to reign in their operational axis.
He said the inter-ministerial meeting is scheduled to hold every fortnight.
On his part, the Minister of Police Affairs,Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi assured on effective inter- ministerial and inter- agencies collaboration as deliberated during the closed door meeting.
He said it is in tune with the Presidential directive to evolve new operational guidelines for implementation by security agencies involved in anti-banditary and anti- insurgency operations.
The Minister of information, Lai Mohammed revealed that the meeting focused on how to deploy crisis communication strategy to end the phenomenon of banditary activities in the country.
While reiterating the essence of information sharing and synergy among security agencies with a view to flushing out criminality in the country, Lai Mohammed said all hands must be on deck to support government’s efforts.
The Minister of information concluded that the strategic security meeting fulfilled its intended purpose as directed by President Mohammadu Buhari.