President Bola Tinubu asked the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, Service Chiefs, and Inspector-General of Police to work together to combat insecurity on Monday in Abuja.
Considering the size of the work anticipated of them, Tinubu also gave them his full backing.
After a private meeting at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja with the President and Service Chiefs, Ribadu told State House Correspondents, “He told us that we must work as a team and that there is work to be done.”
Tinubu is repeating a similar directive he had given to the immediate past Service Chiefs on June 1, where he declared that he would not condone them working at cross purposes.
Revealing what transpired behind the glass door, the NSA said, “He (Tinubu) gave us the assurance that he’s with us hundred percent.
“He told us that we must work as a team and that there’s work to be done, he’ll expect us to deliver and we’re grateful for the opportunity. That’s why we are here.”
According to Ribadu, episodes of insecurity have declined nationwide in the past few weeks and will remain so as the security chiefs get to work.
“You can see already things are improving in our country. If you see, the record of crimes and activities of criminals are going down. It will continue to go down.
“We’ll secure this place. Nigerians have seen the quality of the people that are given the opportunity, they are probably some of the best we have and they are not going to fail you; they’ll certainly deliver,” he said.
The NSA said the security helmsmen were at the Villa to thank the President for the opportunity to serve the country in his administration. Therefore, he promised to work tirelessly to give Nigerians their lives back.
“We also pledged our loyalty to him, Nigeria, and Nigerians.
“We believe the choice he made is the right one, the correct one, and we know what he wants for this country.
Ribadu continued, “We’re going to work hard to make sure that we achieve that goal of safeguarding our nation, building peace and stability, and let’s get our lives back.
Since their appointment on June 19, Tinubu’s first known in-person interaction with the security heads has been on Monday.
They are Maj. Gen. C.G. Musa, Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. Gen. T.A. Lagbaja, Chief of Army Staff, Rear Admiral E. A. Ogalla, Chief of Air Staff, AVM H.B. Abubakar, Maj. Gen. EPA Undiandeye, Chief of Defence Intelligence, and Kayode Egbetokun, Acting Inspector-General of Police.