President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the service chiefs for their efforts but charged them to do more to address rising insecurity.

This is according to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, who attended a security briefing at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.

We earlier reported that the president was being briefed by the service chiefs.

Addressing state house correspondents at the end of the meeting, Baba said Buhari directed them to redouble their efforts to restore security across the country to enable citizens go about their normal businesses.

The IGP said: “We had a brief security meeting. Service chiefs and the intelligence chiefs have been able to brief the President on the security situation of the country.

“The President has also observed and made a remark that the constitutional responsibility of government is the provision of security, is one and is foremost and he is ready to provide such.

“We should reinvigorate our efforts, which are yielding results in the North East, South East, but there is more to be done in the North Central, North West, where people are worried and he has intelligence and information that schoolchildren and students are abducted, selective abductions and killings are done. This narrative must change.

“We have assured him and promised him that we’ll make efforts to do more. He also thanked and praised us for what has been done so far, that we should improve much so that people can go about their lawful businesses within the quickest possible means.”

Baba said the President also restated his marching orders to the security chiefs, saying: “The new marching order is that all the service chiefs and intelligence chiefs have been warned to go and reinvigorate efforts and to do more so that the north central and Nigeria at large should enjoy better security.”