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Published On: Thu, Apr 17th, 2014

Security challenges: Jonathan summons enlaged emergency meeting with govs, National Security Council

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President Goodluck JonathanBy Tobias Lengnan Dapam

President Goodluck Jonathan has summoned members of the National Security Council to a meeting today at the Presidential Villa.

The emergency meeting is against the background of recent insecurity in some parts of the country.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser, Media& Publicity to the President, Reuben Abati, said the meeting will be presided by the President 1100 hours.

Those expected at the meeting include; Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency.

The statement also said that the meeting of the National Security Council will be followed at 1300 Hours by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors.

It added that President Jonathan, members of the National Security Council and the state governors will review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

The statement also said that the President will be pleased to see all politicians in the country exhibiting greater responsibility and patriotism by doing more to support his administration’s sincere efforts to enhance national security rather than trying to build political capital out of the pain and misery of their compatriots.

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