By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to refrain from sabotaging the efforts of the country’s security forces to stem insecurity across the country.
The president said this during an interface with members of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) where key security issues were discussed at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
According to the president’s media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, while giving an update on the meeting on Channels Television, the President emphasized on the need to strengthen intelligence gathering, which was key to the nation’s security, adding that people must be discouraged from sabotaging the efforts of the security forces.
The president also called on the state governors to work with the traditional and local authorities in their domains to check the security issues affecting the country, stressing the need for a symbiotic relationship between the state authorities and the grassroots leaders to improve information gathering.
“He (Buhari) also encouraged the governors to work in close contact with the traditional authorities and the local community because intelligence is a big part of the thing and he encouraged them that they should work together with the traditional authorities and the local communities so that those who sabotage efforts of the military, particularly through giving information to the other side, can be encouraged to give adequate information to the military so that the security situation can be tackled,” Adesina said during the political show.
The governors, led by the NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, met with President Buhari a week after the forum held a virtual meeting, following a resolution to meet with the President over the killing of over 40 farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents, and the disturbing security situation of the nation.