Muhammadu Buhari, his Service Chiefs and the security of Nigerians

After a meeting between President Buhari Muhammadu and his self-appointed service chiefs last week, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, reported that the President thought the best effort of his security chiefs to combat insecurity in the country is not good enough.

It would appear from this report that some bitter truths must have been shared between the president and the brass hats. In which case it would not be out of place to imagine that the meeting was less than friendly.

But looking at the casual posture Buhari has taken to security issues in this country since his election in 2015, the security chiefs’ meeting with him might have been friendlier than was reported.

Which is to say that the president’s reported reaction might pack more bark than bite. If footage of that meeting of the president and his military and police chief exists, I would not be surprised to see participants at the meeting grinning from ear to ear, which would not be a good indication that the president and his men had told one anther the required bitter truth about the near-total breakdown of the so-called security architecture of the country.

Does the country really possess a security architecture? What beast in today’s Nigeria goes by that name?

It is remarkable that Buhari would even acknowledge that the best effort of his security chiefs is not good enough. That is the farthest he would come to admitting that something might be wrong about the performance of these men. Otherwise, he has always had the back of his men. It has forever been hunky-dory between them. Vanguard

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Shawn Solomon Elliot

Ukpiebo Solomon Elliot is a talented and well motivated Professional Associate Writer, Proofreader and Political scientist. He is a graduate of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Benin and also holds a Diploma in Desktop Publishing and Computer Science.

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