The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Mangano retired, during a town hall meeting in Kaduna. Photo: Usman Sani
North-West Governor Forum has called on their counterparts across the country to take responsibility for protecting the lives and property of residents irrespective of religion, tribe or regional differences.
The Chairman of the forum and the Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari stated this during a town hall meeting convened by the office of the National Security Adviser, in Kaduna.
The meeting involved National Security Adviser, new service chiefs, security heads and governors of the northwest to discuss issues of Security and how best to confront the problem.
According to Alhaji Bello Masari, the governors of the northwest were making concerted efforts to address all the security challenges affecting the region, hence the need for the total support and cooperation of all stakeholders to achieve the desired objective.
The governor further reassured the commitment of the Northwest governor in fulfilling their mandate of protecting lives and property of citizens.
The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum Mr Simong Bako Lalong who welcomed the new service chiefs prayed for an end to all the security threats in the country.
Also speaking, the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru Elrufai also assured people of the region that security is one of their top priority.
He said with the commitment of the Federal Government and the new service chiefs the issue of insecurity would be addressed.
The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Mangano retired, said Federal Government is redoubling its commitment towards securing the lives and property of Nigerians.
He explained that the three tiers of government would be working together with the wider society, defence and security agencies to deal with the issue.
According to Babagana Mangano, President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened about the unwanted loss of innocent lives in the country, and is committed to bringing the situation to an end.
He also disclosed that with the new service chiefs, there is a new direction in confronting the challenges and therefore, appealed for patience and understanding of Nigerians.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor in a remark stated that a new strategy is in the pipeline to address the tide of security challenges across the country.
He said that the defence intelligence and other security heads are working with state Governors on ways to restore peace in the country.
Earlier, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamali noted that it is high time for every Nigerian to contribute meaningfully toward ensuring lasting peace in the country.
The event had in attendance religious and traditional leaders as well as women and youth groups.
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