Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, on Monday, brought in the new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya, to introduce him to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
In the course of the introduction, Buhari seized the opportunity to school the new army chief on how he should go about tackling insecurity, that appears to be putting pressure on the administration.
The Defence Minister, while relaying the message to State House correspondents, said the president told them to improve on synergy among the various arms in the military, noting that they should also learn from his personal experience as a soldier.
On maintaining security in the North, Magashi said the military was up and doing in their mandate but was only aiding the police, whose primary responsibility is to maintain law and order.
“What really brought us to the Villa today was to present the new Chief of Army Staff to Mr. President for his blessing and guidance to the new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya, who has just been appointed about eleven days ago.
“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 stated.
Asked what exactly did the president tell the army chief on how to tackle insecurity, he responded, “He told him that there’s a lot of pressure on security and being an actor, at one point or the other, had 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.
“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, 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 North-West, otherwise, I think it’s quite different from the North-East.”