Your best isn’t good enough, Buhari tells service chiefs


President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a warning to the nation’s security chiefs over the rising insecurity across the country, especially in the northern region.

National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), revealed the president’s warning to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting which he (Buhari) had with the security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

According to Monguno, Buhari said he would no longer take excuses.

He said: “A meeting was just concluded between Mr President and the heads of the security agencies – that is the operational heads consisting of Minister of Defence, the service chiefs, and on the other hand, the intelligence components consisting of myself and intelligence heads.

“Today’s meeting basically focused on recent developments. Mr President has expressed great concern over the declining security situation in the country.

“He is extremely unhappy about what is happening and he feels that even though the security agencies are doing their best, their best is not good enough for him and he wants an immediate reversal of the current trend and immediate reversal of our misfortunes in all their dimensions.”

The service chiefs have been in office since their appointments in 2015 despite calls for a change over persistent security challenges.

Protests have been holding in some parts of the north, including Buhari’s state, Katsina, over poor handling of banditry and insurgency.