By Marcus Ikechukwu
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday meet with security chiefs in the nation’s capital, Abuja, to further review and strengthen the security network in the country.
A statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, confirmed the meeting on Sunday, night.
Buhari was initially scheduled to commission the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) new Technology and Innovation Complex, but the event has been postponed due to the emergency security meeting which will take place in the Presidential Villa Abuja.
Buhari while presiding over the meeting will receive briefs from the security chiefs, and interject on areas that need more attention.
The commissioning of the NASENI complex will hold at a later date.
Recall that the nation has been tense owing to an advisory by the United States government to its citizens in Nigeria.
Among other claims, the US embassy in Abuja had said: “There is an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically in Abuja. Targets may include but are not limited to, government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organisations.
“The US embassy will offer reduced services until further notice. The embassy advised US citizens to avoid all non-essential travel or movements and crowded places. It advised Americans to review their personal security plans and keep their cell phones charged in case of emergency.
“In the usual traditional alignment, the British High Commission, in a short statement, announced that: “On Monday 24 October, British High Commission Abuja (BHC) will be open for Business Critical Staff only. All colleagues wishing to travel to BHC should seek authorisation from the Line Manager/ Block Leads, and in advance of travel”.
Buhari had over the weekend given Nigerians an assurance that there was no cause for alarm and that Nigerians should be calm while observing strict vigilance.
The latest security advisory from the US and UK comes few months before the nation’s general election.