President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno has alleged that the security agencies in the country were not working closely with each other to tackle insecurity.
Monguno disclosed this at the third quarterly meeting of Secretaries of State Governments (SSGs) held on Thursday in Abuja.
The NSA urged states to improve their security situations through better training and funding. He also emphasised the need to engage community leaders to enhance intelligence gathering.
“If you disengage community leaders, you will not have the type of intelligence you need:, NAN quoted him as saying.
“Right now, security agencies do not work together as closely as expected. We have been trying to ensure unity of purpose and operation.”
Monguno said Nigeria relies on traditional institutions because they are essential to security.
“Leave out our traditional rulers, you will see all kinds of leaders of various sects filling the vacuum.”
The NSA regretted that monarchs have been taken away from what they are supposed to coordinate. He urged the SSGs to make governors understand the importance of traditional rulers.
KanyiDaily recalls that Monguno had also revealed that the immediate past service chiefs could not account for the money approved to purchase weapons during their tenure.