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Ribadu Takes Over as Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Pledges to Restore Order, Contain Insecurity, Stabilise Nation

He said the time has come for Nigeria to enjoy peace.

Nigeria’s new National Security Adviser (NSA), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday, officially assumed duties with a pledge to restore order, rule of law and to contain insecurity and stabilise Nigeria.

He said the time had come for Nigeria to enjoy peace and stability.

Ribadu took over from former NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), following his appointment by President Bola Tinubu on June 19, 2023.

According to him, the administration of President Tinubu had enormous responsibility to secure, stabilise  and ensure peace in all parts of the country.  

He said it was a collective duty of all  Nigerians  to secure the nation and “we intend to continue with what has been done”. 

“We will stabilise this country, we will secure our country and we will make Nigeria peaceful because we believe time has come for this country to enjoy peace, restore order and rule of law just like any other country in the world.

“Securing the nation is a continuous process. We will look at what has been done and build on it. We will count on your support in the course of discharging our responsibilities. 

“Mr. President has a huge commitment to securing every inch of our country. We will work with all stakeholders to deliver on this vision. 

“This enormous task of securing our country is that of all Nigerians, and all friends of Nigeria,” he said.

Ribadu solicited the full cooperation of all servicemen and women, and by extension all Nigerians. 

He said there was need to unite to accomplish the present administration’s quest for a more stable, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

In his remarks, the former NSA, Monguno, said “Ribadu is well equipped, well qualified, well educated and has a very deep understanding of the complexity of the security challenges confronting the Nigeria”.

He said the new NSA had the capacity to tackle whatever challenges that he might encounter having served in the various positions, saying that Ribadu was starting on a good footing.

“For me, I have been able to handover a comprehensive note to him and also brief him extensively.

“For me,  I want to give gratitude to the Almighty God for giving the grace to serve for such a long time and also allowing me to depart in good health and enjoy the rest of my life in an atmosphere that is bereft of the type of pressure that are associated with this all important office.  

“I am also wishing in the same vein that Mallam Nuhu Ribadu will have a very successful tenure and depart in good health when the time comes for him to depart”, he said.

Monguno said the ever changing 21st security environment demand complex approach.

“Today we are dealing with a situation in which we have terrorists and insurrectionists. The way and manner you will deal with the situation is such that you will have to rely on collection of competent staff”, he said.

A statement issued by the Special Assistant, Strategic Communication, in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Zu Mijinyawa, said Mongunol urged the staff to extend the same support and cooperation he enjoyed to his successor to achieve the desired national objective.

Deji Elumoye 

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