The federal government has described as false and irresponsible the perception of heightened insecurity the recent terror alerts released by the United States and the United Kingdom in Nigeria.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired General Babagana Monguno, made the disclosure at a media briefing immediately after a Security Council Meeting presided over by President Muhamadu Buhari at the state house.
While assuring Nigerians that there is no cause for alarm, the NSA said the situation is under control.
Monguno insisted that the alert was for American and British citizens and that the way it was released complicated the situation.
The alert, he underscored, was simply an unnecessary distraction and nothing untoward so far.
The NSA advised Nigerians to go about their daily activities without fear, saying that the security agencies are in control and that Nigeria is safe.
PRNigeria reports that President Buhari met with security chiefs to further review and strengthen the nation’s security network.
The president suspended some of his official engagements including the inauguration of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) new Technology and Innovation complex to preside over the emergency meeting with the security chiefs.
In attendance at the meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, as well as the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari.
Also in attendance were the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd); Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor led the service chiefs including the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao to the meeting.