A joint strategy is the way forward in addressing the growing insecurity and conflict across states in Nigeria.
The agreement was reached between President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors and service chiefs at a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
At the meeting, President Buhari queried the Service Chiefs over how bandits and terrorists continue to have access to small arms and weapons despite restricted movement across Nigeria land borders.
He called for improved intelligence gathering and sharing by security agencies.
Buhari also dispelled speculations that the terrorists in the Northeast had far more weapons and money than the government.
According to the President, what is left of the terrorists as mere scavengers desperate for food, raiding shops and markets, and killing innocent persons in the process.
At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that field commanders are to take extra measures to protect civilian communities to serve as a confidence-building mechanism between the military and those communities to improve the civil-military relationship.