The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that the security situation on ground is not as urgent to warrant the travel advisories, issued by the United States and United Kingdom governments as well as other foreign missions, warning their citizens to avoid travelling to Nigeria, particularly Abuja, because of a potential terror attack in the city.
This was disclosed by the National Security Adviser, NSA, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd) while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the emergency security meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The national security adviser joined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, said the panic that followed the US terror alert addressed to its citizens in Nigeria was unnecessary because the panic and sense of insecurity it caused around Nigerians was unnecessary. He therefore urged Nigerians and other residents to go about their daily lives as usual.
The NSA also stated that the armed forces, security, and intelligence organizations are continuing with their mandate to keep every Nigerian and every area of the nation secure.
In attendance at the security were Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd); Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi.
Also in attendance were Service Chiefs, Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao and the Chief of Defense Intelligence, Major-General Samuel Adebayo.