The Federal Government has described as false and irresponsible the recent terror alerts released by the United States and the United Kingdom in Nigeria.
The National Security Adviser, NSA, General Babagana Monguno, made the disclosure at a media briefing immediately after a Security Council Meeting Monday, presided over by President Muhamadu Buhari at the State House.
Monguno insisted that the alert was for American and British citizens and that the way it was released complicated the situation, adding that it was nothing but an unnecessary distraction.
The NSA advised Nigerians to go about their daily activities without fear, saying that the security agencies are in control and that the country is safe.
Also briefing journalists after the meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, assured Nigerians that there was no cause for alarm and advised Nigerians to remain confident in the ability of the security agencies to maintain law and order.
“I just want to use the opportunity to assure Nigerians that the armed forces, the police, and other security agencies are working round the clock to ensure that lives and property of Nigerians are well protected.
“So far, there is no cause for alarm and Nigerians should go about their normal duties as the armed forces and all the security agencies are well poised to protect them accordingly”, he said.
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 and the Chief of Defence Intelligence Samuel Adebayo, to the meeting.