Month: April 2014

Lofty Heights™ With Wale Tejumade

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Consistently Consistent

Wale Tejumade
Wale Tejumade

Many people know what to do to achieve success, but only a few are consistent at doing those things. This is the reason why success has eluded many.

Consistency is key to achieving success in anything, and it takes discipline to be consistent. The one who lacks discipline can never be consistent.

The more you do a specific thing over a period of time, the better you become at it.

If you have found a certain cause for your life, please keep at it. If you don’t give up, overtime, you’ll become a force to reckon with.

In all endeavors of life, dare to be consistently consistent!

Today is a good day.

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GenVoices Begins National Campus Summit

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By: Segun Lawal(iroko)

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On May 6th, May 2014 over 10,000 students from across six institutions in Ogun State will gather at the Tai Solarin University of Education for GenVoices National Campus Summit to ‘Secure The Future’. The movement sees the need to engage at tertiary institution level as a key part of its drive in delivering Social, Technological, Economical and Political (STEP) solutions to our national challenges. The theme for this first campus summit is “Secure The Future; Nigeria’s Future”, and will feature some of Nigeria’s leading voices, as indicated in the official publicity material in this newsletter.

You will recall that in January 2014, GenVoices was unveiled in what will go down in history as one of the most significant moments in the transition of Nigeria’s young generation to political influence. With over 25 Million people watching the telethon live across the nation and beyond, the nation witnessed the emergence of a new generation of leaders who will undoubtedly take their positions in shaping Nigeria’s future. This Summit is a buildup on this, and it is the first of many activities that GenVoices is driving; publicly and privately in helping to deliver the future that we all desire…
In light of everything that is currently going on in our nation, there is no better time to rise and take responsibility than now. For if not us, who? And if not now When?

SHOULD GIGGS GET THE GIG?

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By: Bamidele Salako

Ryan Giggs,
Ryan Giggs,

The Manchester United board finally woke up from its alarmingly lengthy slumber last week stating rather decisively that it had had enough of the mess the club was in by booting out manager, David Moyes, who was former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson’s “Chosen One” to sustain the domestic dominance of the United dynasty. The appointment was met with ambivalence by the Old Trafford faithful and the football world in general.

It was certainly a new chapter in the hugely successful football club’s rich history that came with a lot of promise, as well as doubts in almost equal measure. History was in the making and only time would tell what direction its pendulum would swing. Now we know.

Mr. Moyes did succeed in making some history of his own at United but certainly not the kind Sir Alex had in mind when he was recommending his fellow Scots to the United board in the build up to what has been, putting it rather mildly, a most disastrous campaign for the Red Devils. Manchester United will be missing out on a Champions League spot for the first time in 19years – one of Moyes’ many well-documented inglorious records.

All that’s stale now though and Moyes’ assistant, United legend, Ryan Giggs, has since been elevated to the position of interim player-manager, perhaps a dream come true for the Welshman who told The Daily Telegraph in a 2012 interview about his desire to move into management after retirement from active football. The Welsh winger won his first game in charge convincingly, his team taking a sorry Norwich to the cleaners with four unreplied goals. With that victory, talk of retaining the cult figure on a permanent has grown louder and louder as the now joyous fans appear to be tremendously impressed not just by that refreshing result but also, by the manner in which it was achieved. The question on everyone’s lips is this: Should Giggs be given the gig permanently?

If you ask me – on the strength of one result, definitely not the wise road to take. In football, it’s never about single results – it’s never even about three good results. It’s always about an ability to produce fantastic outcomes consistently over a period of time (like Sir Alex did) and that consistency amounting to trophies at the season’s end. Yes, the team played with a lot more freedom, excitement and enterprise last time out and the joy felt by United fans, unprecedented this season, but their delight was buoyed more by the realisation that they were finally rid of a miserable manager in Moyes than by the margin of a musical result.

Similarities can be drawn between the situation Giggs now finds himself in and the one current Bayern Munich boss, Pep Guardiola was in back in 2008, albeit in totally different circumstances and at different stages in the season. The Spanish tactician was then, faced with the somewhat monumental task of reviving the Catalan side’s damaged confidence and propelling them back to the summit of the Spanish league following two years of Real Madrid’s dominance on the domestic front. That dominance was brutally accentuated in a devastating 4-1 dismantling of the Catalans at the Santiago Bernabeu the previous season.

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs

Guardiola’s surprising appointment raised questions regarding the experience and professional competence of a man who was just 38-years old at the time, his solitary prior experience in management only coming in the preceding 2007/2008 season with Barcelona B in the Spanish second tier. On this singular point of professional divergence between Pep and Gigsy, it can be argued that the Spanish gaffer had a relatively minimal coaching experience that stood him in good stead to succeed in senior management at the first time of asking.

It mustn’t be forgotten that the tiki-taka philosophy upon which the Spaniard’s three years of resounding success were founded, is institutionalised at the club and is replicated across every level and age-grade of the Barca setup. And so, Guardiola’s elevation was basically an easing in and a seamless managerial transition into a team boasting a large percentage of players who had graduated from the famous La Masia and had played with one another for such a long time. No doubt, Guardiola was well acquainted with the culture, philosophy, systems, structures and procedures at the club and it was very much a case of a perfectly poised positioning for success.

Giggs, like Guardiola at Barca, is a United man through and through, although few know he spent the earliest years (1985-1987) of his glorious career in the Manchester City youth setup prior to joining United in 1987. It was at United though that he developed into the footballing genius that he became and is undoubtedly a product of the system, playing a starring role in the club’s astonishing success story since making his senior debut in the 1990-91 season. No one understands better the principles, practices and philosophies that have seen Manchester United emerge from the shadow of staunch rivals, Liverpool, and propelled them to the zenith of accomplishment on the domestic scene.

One could then argue, that Giggsy, like his Spanish counterpart, is perfectly poised to position or re-position the club for future success but the key word here is “future”. Are United willing to repose their trust in him if things go eerily wrong in the course of the first season of his mooted permanent appointment?

You must however take into account the quality of the team Guardiola inherited from Frank Rikyaard with the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta who had been in the shadows of Ronaldinho and Deco finally getting the leeway to realise their fullest potentials. Perhaps all the Barcelona players needed at the time were fresh ideas, a fresh approach to the game, some discipline and an injection of new life into the core of the team – moves Guardiola did not shy away from making by letting go of Ronaldinho, Deco and a number of older players in the setup while allowing relatively untested starlets like Pedro and Busquets the opportunities required to flourish. He also brought in a number of key performers in Yaya Toure, Seydou Keita, Eric Abidal et al to strengthen the side in key positions.

This United team features a delicate mix of ageing key players like Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, proven stars in Rooney, Mata and Van Persie as well as youngsters who are yet to truly come into their own and who are yet to shake off the “promising” tag to become true footballing stars – and the latter category populates the team: Wellbeck, Hernandez, Januzaj, Cleverly, Jones, Ashley Young, Smalling and a goalkeeper in De Gea who, even though he has shown tremendous promise with several super showings, has often come up for unrelenting criticisms by United fans.

It will require a great deal of experience and tact to get this Mancunian engine kicking again and challenging for honours on all fronts next season, which really has come to be the most basic of expectations at United judging by their own lofty standards.

Manchester United are unquestionably in a rebuilding phase now. Giggs’ current and potential elevation and retirement, Nemanja Vidic’s exit at the end of the season as well as Ferdinand and Evra’s looming retirement or departure as the case may be, whenever that may be, symbolise and should signal the close of an era; while Juan Mata’s acquisition, just as at Chelsea, could be rightly described as the first of many potential signings which would collectively represent the dawning of a new era.

Players will have to be sold, players will have to be purchased. Some players will play key roles while some would be required to play as support casts. Some older players may be required to play bit-part roles going forward. Can United trust Giggs with making those crucial decisions? Can Giggs make those decisions given the chance? He did show against Norwich he isn’t shy of making strong decisions when he left Mata out of the starting line-up but can he leave the likes of Ferdinand and Evra out of the team if and when the need arises? Can United trust him with the handsome kitty required to rediscover the team’s competitiveness in what has become a highly competitive league? Are they willing to give one of their own the time required – a full season perhaps- to rebuild this team into formidable contenders?

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What is the guarantee or probability that appointing a manager from the experienced pool of established hands who consider Giggs’ current job a tantalising prospect, would result in an instant and respectable turnaround in the club’s fortunes? Except the hierarchy at United can answer these questions candidly and to Ryan Giggs utter satisfaction, I’d advise he not take the job even if he were offered it through an overwhelming consensus of all at the club. He should win his three games and step down honourably to a hero’s acclaim at the end of the season rather than denting his already cemented legendary status at the club and endangering a potential sterling managerial career.

I would tell Giggs this: Sir, let the top dogs have it while you garner all the experience you require to build a solid managerial reputation at other mid-table clubs, who I am sure, would be clamouring for your signature at some point. Perhaps, continue as managerial assistant if an incoming manager opts to retain your services in that capacity. Your time will inevitably come as one game has shown. All the best to a true footballing genius.

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ANFIELD MASTERCLASS OFFERS HOPE IN MOURINHO’S QUEST FOR REDEMPTION

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By: Bamidele Salako

Mourinho: On a quest for redemption
Mourinho: On a quest for redemption

The top-of-the-table clash between log-topping juggernauts, Liverpool and daredevil defensive exponents, Chelsea, was a much anticipated match, billed the “title-decider”, not as much for the blues as it was for the reds. A victory for Liverpool on a ground that had seen them crush all-comers for the better part of this season would have had them needing only to claim four points from their last two games against relatively beatable opponents. It wasn’t to be! A certain self-styled “Only One” unsurprisingly made sure of spoiling the party at the red half of Merseyside with a devastating 2-0 victory.

The only surprise, perhaps, which in fact makes this victory all the more special was that Jose Mourinho accomplished the remarkable feat with his side missing no less than seven assured starters had the game held in different circumstances. Etoo, Hazard, Oscar, Ramires, Terry, Luiz and Cech, were all missing due to injury, suspension and the manager’s decision to rest players with an eye to a crunch European date with Spanish league leaders, Athletico Madrid, in the diary. The Blues had almost 70% of their first team out.

That victory made it eight wins, three draws and one loss (Everton away) for Mourinho’s Chelsea out of 12 games against the division’s top seven sides (Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham and Manchester United)- the best such record this season in the English top flight, accumulating an outstanding 27 points from a possible 36 in the process. And as he rightly stated after the Anfield victory, whichever of Liverpool or Manchester City eventually wins the league, the passionate Portuguese would have beaten either both home and away.

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The possibility of Chelsea winning the league now lies rather hopelessly in the realm of mathematical calculations. The league is undoubtedly City’s to lose, or Liverpool’s, depending on what rude twists or turns yet await us in the coming weeks of a season that has certainly not been short of surprises. Just last week, it looked liked the stars were well aligned for Liverpool to go on and claim their first title in 24years, with Sunderland aiding their cause in no mean measure as the Black Cats popped up as party poopers at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge successively within a matter of days. Yesterday, it was Chelsea’s turn to be spoilsports.

With the remote prospect of a league and European double in view or at least, a more realistic European triumph on the cards, Securenigeria365 revisits an article written by SN365 columnist, Bamidele Salako on what was then the prospective return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, few days to his announcement as the club’s new manager. Still on a quest for redemption at Chelsea following a somewhat disappointing three years (disappointing by his standards) in Spain, Bamidele explored, in that article, the possibility of Mourinho reclaiming his self-conferred “Special One” status at the club where his image as one of the game’s true managerial greats was first forged. A wonderful read:

THROWBACK: MR. MOU, THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE, THE EPL BEING A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANIMAL AND REDEMPTION

By Bamidele Salako

In every war of attrition, battle of wits, battle for supremacy, or any battle of any kind, war strategists have often deployed to great effect, the dual strategy of concealment and the element of surprise.

A classic case of the element of surprise played out ever so grandly in December of 218 BC at the Battle of the Trebia – the first major battle of the Second Punic War fought between Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal and the Roman Republic forces led by Roman Consul, Tiberius Sempronius Longus. The Roman army had the numerical advantage with 42, 000 men, 12, 000 men stronger than the Carthaginian forces which numbered 30, 000; but Hannibal was a strategist who understood the immense value of the element of surprise.

In hostile weather conditions – blistering winter to be precise – Hannibal provoked the headstrong Tiberius to send his men through the chilled winter waters of the river Trebia as snow and ice-cold rain poured from the skies. He had made his brother, Mago set up ambush in a place well suited for ambuscade where they fed, rested and warmed themselves in readiness to take an unsuspecting charging Roman army by surprise.

On the fateful day, a division of Hannibal’s army proceeded to taunt and tease the Roman army with the intention to lure them into the ambush. The Roman army blindly obliged. Even though they were chilled, had not had breakfast and could hardly hold their weapons, they charged through the river in blistering snow and like a bolt out of the blue, Hannibal’s men attacked them from ambush and dealt a fatal blow that led to the crushing defeat of the Roman forces with only 10, 000 of a 42, 000 strong army able to escape the onslaught. The Roman Consul did not know what hit him and could hardly have expected the terror that fell upon his army and he paid a fatal price for being impetuous and for underestimating the capability of the enemy, while over-estimating the capability of his own army.

In the summer of 2004, when a fresh-faced Mourinho burst on the scene of the English game – fresh from a treble winning season in Iberia with Porto, no one really paid any serious attention or seriously considered that he would shake England to its very foundations and give the hegemonic duo of Sir Alex and Monsieur Wenger a run for their money; not with a second-rated Chelsea side that hadn’t mounted any serious title challenge or won a single trophy in years.

Prior to his arrival, the premier league title seemed the exclusive preserve of the elite duo of Manchester United and Arsenal – it was primarily a two-horse race every season, in the mould of today’s la liga. It was all about the Red Devils and the Gunners; the rest of the pack simply made up the numbers for the sheer purpose of having the semblance of a competition. The two dons had the premier league by the scruff of the neck and it wouldn’t be out of order to say they got comfortable and thought to themselves that it didn’t really matter who came from wherever, the premier league was always going to be theirs for the taking. What they didn’t know was that the new football loving owner of Chelsea FC and his new managerial recruit had other plans. They were going to deliver the Hannibal treatment to the hegemony.

Chelsea was no longer just going to make up the numbers – they were going to mount a title assault. It was going to take the billions of their Russian Oligarch and the tactical ingenuity of an imperious Portuguese to break the stranglehold of Chelsea’s two greatest rivals. It was a match made in heaven – the union worked such a delightful treat and completely changed the face of the English game as we then knew it. And guess what? The first competitive scalp claimed by Chelsea under their new manager was Sir Alex’s in a disconcerting 1-0 defeat at the bridge. Two more defeats on home soil in Manchester were to follow that season. Talk about the element of surprise! What those two didn’t realise was Mou was a different kind of animal – a scrupulous and meticulous coach who paid careful attention to detail, identified and achieved targets, impressed his assured personality and incurable winning mentality on his charges, motivated players to achieve set objectives and never took “no” for an answer, with the word “impossible” totally absent from his vocabulary. His remarkable success with an European second tier Porto side was indeed no fluke or a jumped-up achievement to be berated.

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With his irresistible charm, strong and unyielding personality and an unapologetic winning mentality, Mou literally dragged legions of fans in countries with a passion for football, like Nigeria, to Chelsea. Unnoticed at first, the manager and his troops simply went about their business blowing teams away in that glorious first season. His blue army featuring a bewildering array of talents (Drogba, Gudjohnsen, Robben, Joe Cole, Damien Duff, Lampard, Makelele, Carvalho, Terry, Gallas, Cech etc etc) recorded a massive record points haul in the EPL – still unmatched till date – conceded the least amounts of goals ever in the premier league era, sealed the league with games to spare, won the Carling cup, came agonisingly close to making the final of the champions league but got knocked out in controversial circumstances by Liverpool, stopped one game short of equalling the season-long unbeaten record of Arsenal’s Invincibles set only a season before. It was simply brilliant stuff!

It was like the might of Rome in its halcyon days rummaging through the globe in all its glory, breaking down resistances and taking over territories – here’s the catch – the blues under Mourinho, aided by the billions of Roman Abramovich, actually earned themselves the moniker “Roman Army” and they overran virtually any club that stood in their way. That was Chelsea’s golden age – and almost every season after has come with another addition to the trophy cabinet – long even after Mou departed. Chelsea became a super-power in the footballing world.

Fast forward to summer 2013 and there’s trouble in paradise. The Roman army has come up against very tumultuous times since their Portuguese gaffer left the helm. Yes, the trophies have kept coming – but fact remains that most of those trophies have been won by caretaker managers than actual managers with actual long term contracts – the latest been the Europa League triumph masterminded by perhaps football’s most maligned caretaker manager ever – Rafa Benitez. And like two lovers who fell apart and suddenly rediscovered why they fell in love in the first place, both parties are now beginning to recollect memories of the fond moments they shared as strong reports of a reunion continue to make the rounds.

With their respective relationships not working out as planned, both are now starting to realise that they were probably meant for each other after all and that rather than parting ways when they did, they should have stuck together and worked things out and given the Fergie-United marriage or the somewhat odd Wenger-Arsenal one, a run for their money.

Truth is, when Mou does return to England, he will have to come to terms with one reality if he must succeed. He must face up to the fact that the premier league is just a different kind of animal than the one he left five years ago. He must never allow himself to fall under the illusion that success will be served up to him on a platter simply because he’s back at the club where he is worshipped like a god, even though that may prove to be a strong contributing factor to his success when he does makes his much talked about second coming.

Fact is the current EPL is a monster he and his soon-to-be boss helped create – a fiercer, stronger, more competitive, more technical, more demanding premier league where winning isn’t everything but the only thing that matters to most club owners and fans. You’ve got more billionaires investing in teams like Manchester City and you’ve got more top managers and top players at the top five-six clubs vying for the title.

Coming from a rocky three year relationship with an insatiable and discontented rich and spoilt Spanish girlfriend in Real Madrid, Mou’s impending reunion with his rich and haughty English ex-wife may, on the surface, appear to offer some reprieve, but with her comes a very impatient and domineering father-in-law in Roman who hates to be crossed and hates to lose – a man Mou knows quite well.

The stakes are higher this time for him because unlike the first time when he took virtually everyone by surprise, everyone now sort of knows what to expect and then there’s the pressure to perform and deliver. A self-confessed worst ever season at Madrid has already called the master tactician’s ability to question, with many wondering if what we witnessed this season in Spain and in Europe was not the utter and final demystification of Mourinho. But you never can tell what a glorious second coming may bring – perhaps – redemption! And where better for the special one (or is it, the only one?) to seek and gain redemption, than the place where the legend of Jose Mourinho was first forged – at Albion – Stamford Bridge.

Conversations with Dele Salako

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LETTER TO MY PROTEGE 1

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Dear Babatunde,

First of all, I must express my deep-felt gratitude for the letter you wrote me by which I am greatly humbled – the fact that you took out time to carefully pen those words. Reading them, I could tell that these were words straight from the heart. I am awed, flattered even, that you consider me to have made such an amazing impact on your life and on your writing. Even I didn’t realise it.

I live my life for impact and it has always been my primary motivation and drive to impact my generation with whatever little knowledge I may have acquired on how to transform our lives and leave the world we live in a better place than we met it. I am glad, truly, that I have been able to inspire you to want to be the best you can.

I do not consider myself to have arrived as a writer if ever there was an “arriving” in the real sense of the word seeing as we never get so masterful at the art that we become exempted from the pleasurable burden of continuous learning and improvement.

Both of us are travellers in this common journey to literary utopia. Yes, I reckon that we may be at different stages of that oft-solitary travel through uncertain waters – but we share in common an objective of reaching that dream literary destination where we hope to joyfully pitch our tents – the mere thought of which thrills the soul and fills it with incomparable delight.

I could not help but notice how well off you have become in your writing since the last time I had the opportunity of reading you. There are marked improvements in your grammatical constructions: your tenses and syntax were near spot-on. Sentences were simple; there was a conscious and deliberate effort to keep it simple in your language and choice of words. I was pleased with your shunning of ambiguity and verbosity.

I could see imagination at the soul of your writing and the elegance of expression was well noted. Even though you said you see the antecedents of a great writer – one in the mould of the Chimamanda Adichies and Teju Coles – every time you read me, I thought to myself while reading your letter, that same could have been said of you too on the strength of your letter. Surely, no one would have contested the fact.

Never let go of your hunger and desire to be counted among literary royalty. It is very much a mission possible if you persist on this path of continued development on which you are set. “Read more than you write,” says Teju Cole in his “Letters to a young writer” – which can be downloaded for free in pdf format online. You do yourself a world of good to ingest and digest all he says and incorporate the lessons therein into your writing.

You spoke of how you thought writing was easy and how there were times you felt like writing and times you didn’t. Samuel Johnson says, “What we must do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.”

First, if ever there existed a notion more false than that of the earth being at the centre of the universe, it would have to be the erroneous belief that writing is easy. It would perhaps be easy, if the words being written were the equivalent of someone merely talking but not communicating or that of someone merely hearing but not listening. Such words couldn’t persuade a hungry traveller to eat the food he most craves, if ever such a man needed persuading.

If your writing will be worth its weight in gold, it will demand your all. You will read broadly, study obsessively, consult widely, think deeply, listen attentively, agree cautiously, observe maniacally, disagree necessarily, relate circumspectly, believe compellingly and live productively.

It may take days, even months to write the first five lines – but the immortality of the words, not the length of time it took to pen them, should be your primary pre-occupation. This anecdote should provide elucidation and encouragement: “A playwright, who had written five hundred lines in three days, taunted Euripides because he had spent as much time upon five lines. “Yes,” replied Euripedes, “But your five hundred lines in three days will be forgotten, while my five will live forever.”

Second, no good writer worth his salt writes when he pleases, let alone the prolific maestros. Writing your way to literary paradise is a matter of duty not leisure – because the experience is hardly pleasurable at times. You may need to contend with bouts of anger and frustration.

As writers, we do not just write because we can or when we can, we write because we must. Write diligently that you may learn to write easily. Write when you feel like it – when the floodgates of inspiration are open and flowing in all directions – take advantage. More importantly, write when you don’t feel like it, when the task at hand feels cumbersome and it appears the doors of thought and imagination have been cruelly and hopelessly slammed shut against you for what may feel like an eternity.

As you labour through the dry, sun-scorched wilderness and navigate the thorned pathways, you will suddenly and inevitably happen upon an oasis of ideas that will magically explode, with time, into oceans of mind-blowing inspiration that will birth eternal words.

Above all, believe in your rubbish, for we are told, that the earth, charming in so many ways as it is not, was fashioned out of chaos. Know that where you are today is not your destination – it is merely a stop on a journey. Your “rubbish” like a diamond in the rough, is destined to one day evolve into the glistening jewellery that hugs the fingers and breasts of royalty.

Keep writing.

Your fellow traveller,
Dele Salako.

President Jonathan Summons Emergency Security Meeting at Aso Rock Abuja

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President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan

As result of the recent increase in the spate of terrorism in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan has summoned members of the National Security Council to a meeting on Thursday.

The meeting, slated for 11am at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja will be presided over by the President.

According to a press release issued by Reuben Abati, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, the people invited to the meeting are: Vice President Namadi Sambo, Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Service Chiefs, Inspector-General of Police, Director-General of the State Security Services and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency.

“The meeting of the National Security Council will be followed at 1.00pm by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to which President Jonathan has invited State Governors”, Abati said in the statement.

At the enlarged meeting, Jonathan, members of the National Security Council and State Governors will review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations.

“President Jonathan reassures all Nigerians and persons living in the country that the federal government remains very mindful of its responsibility for the safety of their lives and properties in all parts of Nigeria and will continue to do everything possible to protect them from the scourge of terrorism and insecurity”, Abati added.

The release further stated that Jonathan is particularly concerned about the plight of the schoolgirls who were abducted from their school in Borno State on Monday night.

He assured Nigerians that he has ordered the military and national security agencies to deploy maximum efforts towards rescuing all the girls and returning them safely to their parents.

The president claimed that some of the girls have already been rescued.

“He welcomes reports that the military and security agencies have already rescued some of the girls”.

The president expressed regrets over the pain, sorrow and anguish brought upon many Nigerian families in recent days as a consequence of recurring security challenges facing the nation.

He stated that with the patriotic commitment and support of everyone, the country will ultimately overcome its present challenges and move forward in unity and strength.

He urged all politicians, regardless of their political affiliation to join hands with him to eradicate terrorism from Nigeria.

“In this regard, President Jonathan will be pleased to see all politicians in the country exhibiting greater responsibility and patriotism by doing more to support his administration’s sincere efforts to enhance national security rather than trying to build political capital out of the pain and misery of their compatriots”, Abati concluded.