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The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd.) was absent from yesterday’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari, Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.



Others who attended the meeting, which held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, were the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.



Monguno was also absent from last Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari. It could not be immediately ascertained whether Mongonu’s absence had anything to do with the power tussle between him and the Chief of Staff (COS) to the President, Abba Kyari.A report, which followed a leaked memo in the presidency, had revealed a subtle battle for supremacy between Monguno and Kyari, both President Buhari’s men from Borno State.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd.) was absent from yesterday’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari, Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.



Others who attended the meeting, which held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, were the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.

Monguno was also absent from last Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari. It could not be immediately ascertained whether Mongonu’s absence had anything to do with the power tussle between him and the Chief of Staff (COS) to the President, Abba Kyari.A report, which followed a leaked memo in the presidency, had revealed a subtle battle for supremacy between Monguno and Kyari, both President Buhari’s men from Borno State.



After the meeting with President Buhari, the service chiefs proceeded to Kyari’s office, where they had another meeting with the COS.The development is coming on the heels of calls for the removal of the service chiefs following the deteriorating security situation in the country.

Addressing the students in the rank of major and its equivalent, Olonisakin said as future field commanders, it was essential for them to recognise the need for effective synergy among all stakeholders. “Therefore, you must all display maturity and jettison all the hindrances to synergy and cooperation, such as ego and rivalry,” he stressed.

Other members are Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), ministers of Defence, Interior, Justice, Minister of State for Budget and Planning, service chiefs, as well as governors of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.



Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), United Nations Resident Coordinator, Permanent Secretary, FMHADMSD (Secretariat), Chairman, Non-Governmental Organisations Forum and others nominated by chairman of the committee are also members.

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