Governors and National Security Adviser Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday, agreed to join forces in order to combat insecurity and the lingering food crisis in the country.
Ribadu, who held a virtual meeting with the governors, told them about the steps taken by the Federal Government to combat the security challenge, and how the states can collaborate with President Tinubu to address the food crisis.
It was gathered that the NSA’s session with the governors was held online to save cost and enable the stakeholders to immediately activate an ‘Action Plan’ in each state.
According to a source, Ribadu spent quality time reviewing the security status of each state, how emerging problems were being addressed and what should be done by governors.
The NSA pleaded with the governors to buy into the nation’s security architecture.
Although Ribadu observed that about two states had been slacking, he called for understanding.
The source said: “It was purely a briefing on how the present administration has improved on the security situation in the country and what it is doing to address some emerging challenges.
“He assured the governors that everything was being done to provide adequate and water-tight security nationwide.
“He said the President and his security chiefs have been working round the clock to make the country safe.
“One of the key points was the unfolding of a plan to set up a committee to reform the Nigeria Police Force(NPF) to be able to manage the nation’s internal security well.”
A governor, who also spoke in confidence, said: “The meeting also bordered on food security and how to assuage it.
“We agreed that the food challenge has a nexus with security problems.
“We agreed on how to make food available in all the states to curb the recourse to protest as witnessed in some states.
“So, the online session came up with suggestions to the food crisis and what each governor should put in place to avert hunger in the land.”
Another governor said: “The meeting provided useful insights into how the Federal Government has been addressing the security problems in some states.
“We were able to know the dark spots and how to complement all security agencies in our states.”