…..says ‘military could do better fighting Boko Haram, bandits’
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration has been doing its best regarding the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East and Niger Delta militants.
Buhari spoke on Friday in an interview with State House correspondents after he joined his family members and some top government officials to observe the Eid El-Kabir prayers inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
But his claim that his administration had done its best on combating insurgency and militancy came two days after insurgents opened fire on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, in the Baga area of the state.
Multiple explosions from mortars fired by suspected Boko Haram members on Thursday hit Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, leaving no fewer than five persons dead and many others injured.
But the President, who recalled that he inherited the current security challenges from the previous administration, said he had done his best to combat them.
Buhari, however, berated security agencies on the current insecurity in the North West and North Central, saying they can do better than what they are currently doing.
He said, “I want Nigerians to be very conscious of their country and what we inherited when we came in 2015 was Boko Haram – North East and the militants, the South-South. Nigerians know that we have done our best.
“What is coming up in the North West and North Central is very disturbing indeed but I believe the military, the police, and other law enforcement agencies from the report I am 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.”
Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement he later issued quoted the President as giving assurances that there would be more resources for the country’s military, police, and other security agencies to deal with the unwanted security situation in some areas of the country.
The statement was titled “President Buhari pledges more resources to deal with ‘very disturbing’ security situation in parts of the country.”
Shehu said while assessing the state of security in the country, the President described the situation, particularly in the North West and the North Central parts of the country as “very disturbing.”
He further quoted Buhari as saying that while much had been achieved, security-wise, from the situation he inherited in 2015, more still needed to be done.
The statement read, “He (the President) said considering the security situation on ground when he came to office, ‘Nigerians know that we have done our best. However, what is coming out of the North West and the North Central is very disturbing.’
“Responding to a specific question on the performance of the service chiefs which recently, he said needed to get better, the President said that the military, the police, and other security agencies are working hard.
“We are making available resources to them to even do better,” he assured, adding that “from the reports I am getting, 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.”