President tasks security agencies on counter terrorism, meets Wike, Umahi, Akpabio
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday, tasked security agencies in the country on imperatives of sharing information and intelligence among themselves, saying hoarding resources could be counterproductive in the fight against terrorism.
The President spoke after undertaking a tour of the new Office of National Security Adviser and facilities at the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), in Abuja.
He said his administration recognises that to achieve economic revival, prosperity and development, security should be of optimum priority.
He said: “It is a great joy to see that we are getting proactive resources to prepare ourselves. Terrorism is not unique to Nigeria alone. It is across the world and we have to fight it. We have to eliminate it completely. If we, as Nigerians, are looking for economic revival, prosperity and development, then we have to give priority to security.
“What I have seen here is a demonstration of intelligence efforts to counter terrorism. This must be backed by knowledge. Counter terrorism that is not backed by knowledge and intelligence is not going to be of any service to any nation. We are going to work on that together.
“The effort of the entire armed forces of this country must be put together in a way that there will be one single focus on securing the country. You can’t have disharmony in an orchestra. We must focus on one tunnel; coordinate, share information, share intelligence and work harder. You cannot hoard information. You cannot hoard intelligence. I am glad that Nigeria is on the path to succeed. We will, I assure you.”
Meanwhile, Tinubu met with former Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, former Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi and Senator Godswill Akpabio, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The trio arrived at about 3:33 p.m. but was delayed by security, which wanted to get clearance before allowing them to proceed to the President’s office, as they (security) had not been briefed on the visit.
Although reason for the visit could not be established at the time of filing this report, it is believed it is not unconnected with pending choices of ministerial positions, as well as forthcoming election of principal officers at the National Assembly.
Akpabio, who is the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) preferred candidate for the position of Senate President, is believed to have come to firm up his ambition.