Buhari orders new security model for South-East, South-South

*Nigeria in serious trouble – PDP

By Chesa Chesa, Williams Orji and Myke Uzendu

President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed new security measures to tackle the challenges of insecurity in the South-East and South-South geo-political zones of the country.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, made the disclosure Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents after a National Security Council meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Baba, however, did not disclose details of the new measures in line with earlier statements by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.), that operational strategies must be kept secret.

While fielding questions, Monguno said the meeting approved a memo he presented on the control of drugs, which, he said, are enablers of insecurity without providing details.

The NSA said the meeting underscored the need to address security challenges in the country, particularly those that arose in the last few months.

There have been constant attacks on security operatives and public infrastructures in the South-East and South-South zones in the past weeks, with several security personnel killed and police stations destroyed.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its security wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), are being blamed for the attacks, but the outlawed body had distanced from such atrocities.

*Nigeria in serious trouble – PDP

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has stated that Nigeria is in serious trouble in view rising insecurity.

In an Eid el Fitri message, the opposition party’s national chairman urged Nigerians to reflect on the situation and pray for genuine leadership to save the country.

“The country is in serious trouble because of the glaring absence of leadership at a time it is most needed”, he said.

Secondus while congratulating Muslims on the 30-day Ramadan fasting period, said the nation’s democracy “more than ever before, since 1999, is under heavy stress that needs all hands to be on deck for its survival”.

He said that six years after the All Progressives Congress (APC) assumed power, “indicators are apparent that it is under such pressure that needs prayers and commitment of Nigerians for survival.

“Most of the problems confronting the ordinary people would have been solved if leaders absorb the lessons of Ramadan and allow it to influence their conduct in and out of office”, admonishing that such fasting and prayer period can only “be meaningful if we allow the solemnness of the period influence our thoughts and actions in relating with one another”.

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