Jonathan, Service chiefs meet over insecurity
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met for several hours with Service chiefs behind closed-door at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The discussions at the meeting, the first since the appointment of new Service chiefs last month, were not unconnected with the rising onslaught of the Boko Haram Islamic sect and other insurgents in the Northeast.
The violence unleashed on the residents of the region has led to the death of scores of people with loss of property in tow.
No statement was issued at the end of the meeting.
The Service chiefs declined comments on what they discussed with the President.
At the meeting were: the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh; Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu.
Also there were: the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.); Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Abubakar Mohammed and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim.
When reporters approached him for comments on the meeting, Air Marshall Alex Badeh declined to speak.
Prodded further, however, he said: “I will only speak if you will allow me to speak in my dialect.”