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NSA absent as Buhari meets Service Chiefs

The National Security Adviser (NSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Major General Babagana Munguno was conspicuously absent in the  Monday meeting between the President and the Service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police in the State House, Abuja.

Mungonu who on Monday was appointed co-chair of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC), has always been part of such security.

At the end of the meeting behind closed doors with the president, the security chiefs headed for the office of the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, for another round of meeting.

The meetings came on the heels of calls from various quarters for the sack of the service chiefs as a result of escalated security crises plaguing the country.

Muguno had last week queried the interference of the Chief of Staff Abba Kyari on the fight against Boko Haram.

Present at the meeting were Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief if Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and the IGP.

In a recent leaked memo signed by Munguno, he had accused Kyari of undue interference on national security matters, stressing that the Chief of Staff issues directives to the service chiefs without the prior knowledge or approval of the President.

Munguno last year led the process that led to the launch of the national security strategy 2019.

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