President Muhammadu Buhari has offered new tips to the new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya, on how to end the security challenges facing the country.
The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, made this known to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.
According to Magashi, the president gave Yahaya advice on improving the country’s security and defeating bandits in the North West and Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP in the North East.
The minister said the President asked the new army chief to work closely with other security chiefs, adding that there must be synergy among the security forces.
He said: “He told him that there’s a lot of pressure on security and being an actor at one point or the other, has given us a direction in which we can learn from his experiences and apply them to our modern operations, and I think we have taken the advice seriously.
“The issue of synergy among the security forces was also stressed, and I’m sure there will be a lot of changes as regards the security operations in this country.
“The president received us, offered some advice on how we can go about doing this operation and the entire security of the country. We assured him that we will do our best to bring an end to the problem of insecurity in this country.
“He’s very happy. He thanked Mr. President for giving him the opportunity to serve as the chief of army staff and promised that he will bring all his experiences to bear in collaboration with his colleagues to be able to do this country proud.
“The president really has confidence in the new set of people that he has appointed. We wish them the best of luck.”
Speaking on the issue of kidnapping and the atrocities committed by bandits in the North West, Magashi said the military has been rendering a supporting role to the police in keeping the region safe.
He said the main concern of the nation’s security agencies is the terror activities in the North East, particularly that of the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).
“In the north-western part of the country, you know that the more concern we have is the insecurity of banditry, kidnapping, and other criminalities.
“We are taking the challenge, but you know that really, this is the constitutional responsibility of the police. We are only an aid to the police, and we are giving maximum cooperation to the police in order to see an end to this banditry and insecurity in the Northwest. Otherwise, I think it’s quite different from the Northeast.
“In the north-east, it’s Boko Haram issue and we’re up and doing to ensure that we bring an end to this Boko Haram issue, especially with this development of ISWAP,” Magashi said.