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Buhari’s National Security Council meeting without SE rep reveals stark difference from Jonathan’s meeting

A national political watcher has observed a stark difference from the National Security Council meeting recently held by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting, he said, reveals a startling difference from the National Security Council meeting held by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2013.

According to the political observer, who pleaded anonymity while speaking with ElombahNews, President Buhari’s Security Council meeting depicts the sectional and nepotistic representation of the current administration.

He noted that the South East was totally excluded despite the fact that the bone of contention is the current South East security condition.

Recall that the President had reconvened the meeting of the National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on May 11.

The meeting was called by the president to continue deliberations on issues of national security concern.

Reacting to the formation of those present at the President Jonathan a National Security Council meeting, our analyst said:

“On Monday, May 10, 2013, then President Goodluck Jonathan held a National Security Council meeting.

“Those in attendance included:

  1. President Goodluck Jonathan
  2. Vice President Namadi Sambo
  3. Bello Mohammed
  4. Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd)
  5. Caleb Olubolade
  6. Admiral Ola Ibrahim
  7. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika
  8. Air Marshall Alex Badeh
  9. Rear Admiral Dele Ezeoba
  10. IGP Mohammed Abubakar, and,
  11. Ita Ekpeyong

“One thing you will notice from this meeting is that every geopolitical zone in Nigeria was represented in the Jonathan National Security Council.”

Respecting the National Security Council meeting recently convened by President Buhari, he continued:

“Muhammadu Buhari also held a National Security Council meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

“But in Buhari’s meeting, there were 15 people in attendance, of which 12 were from Northern Nigeria, representing 80%.

“Only three were from the South, and none of those three was from the Southeast.

“Those who attended the National Family Security Council meeting in Abuja are:

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari
  2. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo,
  3. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha
  4. Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
  5. Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi
  6. Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami
  7. National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno,
  8. Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba,
  9. Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor,
  10. Chief of Army Staff; Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru,
  11. Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu,
  12. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo,
  13. Director-General of the State Security Service (DG-SSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi,
  14. Director General of Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, and one other.

“They issued a Communique on security measures for South East/ South South states that were not represented.

“Yet, the main subject on the agenda was Southeast insecurity!”

Wondering how a government will proverbially shave someone’s hair in his absence, he asked:

“How can you build national unity by promoting sectionalism, nepotism, tribalism and cronyism?”

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