Nigeria places travel restrictions on ministers, withdraws military from volatile spots in 2020
London, Dec. 30, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, placed travel restrictions on all his ministers and hinted of gradually withdrawal of military operations in some volatile spots in the country, beginning from the first quarter of 2020.
The withdrawal of troops will be done after an “assessment” to determine areas where peace has returned to enable civil authorities to assume full control of security
According to the Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed, the ministers can only travel out of the country eight times in a year.
Buhari directed that no Minister should go on foreign trips more than twice in a quarter. Also, no minister on a trip outside the shores of the land should go with more than four aides.
Lai Mohammed also disclosed that government officials below the rank of ministers are henceforth entitled to fewer aides.
Besides, estacode would no longer be calculated on an hourly basis.
On the military withdrawal, a decision reached during a Security Council meeting on Monday, the Council decided that in place of the military, the Nigeria Police Force, which has the primary responsibility of providing internal security, will assume its duties fully in such areas.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, who spoke with State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, explained that the withdrawal was to allow the military to focus on its primary duty of defending the nation against external aggression.
“It is the work of the police to handle internal security since Nigeria is not at war.
“The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will support the police to provide internal security.
“Also, you will remember that additional 10,000 personnel were approved for the police recently for recruitment”, he added.
Ekwe Ibas declined to name the specific states of geopolitical zones where the military would withdraw its operations.
Recall that the military runs several joint internal operations in various parts of the country with different code names to combat one security threat or another.