The president in a national broadcast on Monday has stated that the unity of Nigeria was a settled matter and, therefore, not negotiable, even as he ordered security agencies to destroy terrorists and criminal elements troubling the country so that the rest of the citizens could live in peace and safety.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, said Buhari had told them to protect the unity of the country.
He said, “At the meeting, he directed on some areas we should look at so as to enhance our operations in the country. In his address, he talked about the unity of the nation which is non-negotiable. We have all been fully instructed to ensure that that directive is carried out to the letter”.
On the President’s directive over IPOB’s purported Secret service, the Chief of Defence Staff said “All security threats were treated one after the other, ranging from terrorism to kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clash to IPOB. Comments were made as to what to do as regards those issues.
“Every security issue, like I said, has been treated and we are going to enhance our operations in all the areas we need to do that. Like I said, he has given the necessary directives which will be carried out by the military and the security agencies”.
Specifically, Buhari asked the security chiefs to be on guard and make sure that the unity of the country is not compromised by any group or persons.
Present at the meeting were the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique; Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and a representative of the Chief of Naval Staff.
Others were National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.