In his bid to find lasting solution to Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, for the second time in less than two weeks, held a closed-door meeting with service chiefs at the Defence House, Abuja, yesterday.
Nigerian Pilot, however, gathered that Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, and Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, were absent from the meeting.
The duo reportedly travelled to Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, to assess the military command centre which was recently relocated there.
The meeting was attended by the National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, Chief of Naval Staff, Usman Jibrin, as well as permanent secretary, Ministry of Defence, Ismail Aliyu.
The meeting, according to sources, is in connection with the insurgency in the North-East on how to step up action against the sect.
Meanwhile, President Buhari is set to meet leaders of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Republic of Benin today.
Ahead of the meeting scheduled to take place at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, the president met the chiefs to review preparations and get updates on the situation in Borno and other parts of the North-East.
At the end of the meeting, Aliyu told State House correspondents that the aim of the meeting was to brief the president on the preparations on the LCBC leaders’ meeting.
He said: “We came to brief Mr President on the meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission which the head of states are attending tomorrow.
“We have discussed the issue of the operationalisation of the Multinational Joint Task Force and the citing of its headquarters in N’Djamena, and the contribution from various states.
Other LSBC leaders that will participate in the meeting are Paul Biya (Cameroun), Idriss Deby (Chad) and Mohammadou Issoufou (Niger).
Republic of Benin leader, Boni Yayi whose country is not part of the commission was also invited for the meeting.