Buhari Resumes At Aso Rock, Withdraws Soldiers From Check-Points

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Ready for change: President Buhari sitting at his desk for the first time in Aso Rock Villa...yesterday
Ready for change: President Buhari sitting at his desk for the first time in Aso Rock Villa…yesterday
Three weeks after his inauguration on May 29, President Mohammadu Buhari, on Monday, formally resume at the official seat of government, the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
The President had hitherto operated from the Defence House, Abuja as renovation work was carried out at the Aso Rock Villa.
Meanwhile, as part of his re-jig of national security operations, President Buhari yesterday ordered the immediate withdrawal of military personnel from internal security duties.
In replacement, the President ordered that the police should take over control of internal security.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Ismail Aliyu, disclosed this after a meeting between the President and service chiefs.
According to Aliyu, the meeting with the security chiefs was to give them the opportunity to brief the President on the implementations of recent decisions reached on the fight against insurgency. He also said that the military high command briefed the President on the relocation of the command centre to Maiduguri as directed on the day of his inauguration.
His words: “The President has instructed the Chief of Defence Staff to get the Chief of Army Staff and Inspector-General of Police to remove all military men along the road across the country. The Nigerian Armed Forces are very ready, we have briefed him ( the President). One most interesting thing about it is that we are going out much happier because he has shown to us that he is still a soldier, he has updated and enriched our strategic plans.
“The second item that was discussed is the movement of the command centre to the North-East. We have briefed him on how far we have reached on that and he has given us some additional assignment, but very soon the centre will be on.
“I also want to assure Nigerians that with what we have come out with from this meeting we are very enthusiastic that the issue of Boko Haram will soon be over. He has given us hope that we will see peace and security in the very near future. Now we have come as a united front; we have Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger. We have all strategised and we are coming out with one type of strategy that we are going to use to address the Boko Haram unlike before.”


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