President Muhammadu Buhari has Tuesday, ordered service chiefs to go after bandits, kidnappers, and their sponsors.
President Buhari presided over the security meeting at the State House in Abuja before his scheduled trip to the United Kingdom today for a routine medical check-up.
Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser (NSA), briefed state house correspondents after the meeting and he quoted the president as saying that the armed forces should be more proactive rather than reactionary.
Monguno said the president also insisted that all the decisions approved at the national security council meeting in February remain enforced.
During that meeting, the president had aapproved a ban on mining activities in the state. The president was quoted as saying that the status quo should be maintained in Zamfara, so as to curb insecurity in the state.
The president warned that the reign of terror unleashed on parts of the country by bandits and kidnappers is no longer acceptable.
Those in attendance Chief of Defense Staff, Lucky Irabor who arrived at the State House shortly before 10.00 am; the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Awwal Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao.
Others at the meeting include Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno; and the Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
President Buhari is expected to proceed to London, the United Kingdom for a routine medical check-up, later today.
He is expected back in Nigeria during the second week of April 2021.
President Buhari had embarked on several medical trips between 2015 and 2019. During one of his trips in 2017, he spent 103 days in London with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, acting as the President then.