President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to the argument of Nigeria’s insecurity challenges in recent weeks, claiming that his administration has done more for Nigeria’s insecurity challenge than the immediate past Administration.
The President said this at the Presidential Villa after observing his Eid-el-Kabir prayers. He however admitted that more work still needs to be done in the area of security, and pledged his commitment to deploy more resources for the country’s security agencies to squarely tackle the rising tide of insecurity in the country.
“What we inherited when we came in 2015 was Boko Haram in Northeast and the militants in the South-south. Nigerians know that we have done our best”, the President said.
The president also lauded the performance of the law enforcement agencies, adding that they could do better than they’re doing.
“We are making available resources to them to even do better, what is coming up in the Northwest and North-central is very very disturbing indeed.
“But I believe the military, the police and other law enforcement agencies from the report I’m getting, I think they could do much better. They could do much better but we are keeping them on the alert all the time to do their duties”.
Reacting to the situation in Niger Delta, the President blamed wastage of resources as the primary reason for the situation in the region. He also cautioned against vandalism which further exacerbates the living conditions of those living in the oil exploration areas
“Those who are blowing pipelines and interfering with the production of petroleum products are hurting their people more than the rest of Nigerians because majority of their people are fishermen, fisherwomen and farmers
“Now if they pollute the land and the waters, the fish goes into deeper sea where the people cannot go and they cannot grow anything. They are hurting their immediate communities more than any other thing”, he said.
The President admonished Nigerians to show utmost commitment to their well-being, averring that security is everyone’s business
“I wish Nigerians the best of luck, we want security, prosperity and well-being of all Nigerians. We want Nigerians to be very conscious of their country”.