Mallam Nuhu Ribadu Assumes Office as Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Vows to Tackle Insecurity and Foster Stability

Ribadu takes charge, succeeding retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, with a commitment to secure and stabilize Nigeria


Mallam Nuhu Ribadu officially commenced his duties as Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA) on Monday, with a pledge to address the prevailing security challenges and restore stability to the country. Appointed by President Bola Tinubu on June 19, Ribadu succeeded retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno.


In assuming office, Ribadu emphasized the immense responsibility of the Tinubu administration to secure and stabilize Nigeria, ensuring peace across all regions of the country. He expressed a commitment to continuing the work already initiated in this regard, stating, “We will stabilize this country, we will secure our country, and we will make Nigeria peaceful because we believe the time has come for this country to enjoy peace, restore order, and uphold the rule of law, just like any other country in the world.”


Acknowledging that securing the nation is an ongoing process, Ribadu emphasized the importance of building upon the existing efforts and sought the support of all stakeholders in discharging his responsibilities. He highlighted President Tinubu’s deep commitment to securing every part of Nigeria and expressed his determination to work collaboratively with all servicemen, women, and Nigerians at large to achieve this vision.

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Former NSA Monguno praised Ribadu’s qualifications, education, and comprehensive understanding of the complex security challenges facing Nigeria. He expressed confidence in Ribadu’s capacity to tackle any obstacles, given his extensive experience in various positions. Monguno also commended Ribadu for starting his tenure on a strong footing, having received a detailed handover note and comprehensive briefings.


Reflecting on his own tenure, Monguno expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve and his appreciation for being able to transition to a post-office life devoid of the pressures associated with such a crucial position. He extended his well wishes to Ribadu, hoping for his success and good health throughout his tenure.

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Monguno emphasized the evolving nature of the 21st-century security environment, which demands a multifaceted approach. He noted the presence of terrorists and insurrectionists as current challenges and stressed the importance of relying on competent staff and their expertise to effectively address such issues. Monguno called upon the staff to extend the same level of support and cooperation to Ribadu in order to achieve the desired national objectives.


As Mallam Nuhu Ribadu assumes the role of Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, expectations are high for his leadership in tackling the country’s security concerns and fostering a more stable and prosperous Nigeria.

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