President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians are aware his administration has done its best in the fight against insecurity, saying he is keeping the country’s service chiefs on alert in the fight against members of the Boko Haram sect and armed banditary.
Buhari stated this in an interview he granted State House correspondents after joining his family members and some top government officials to observe the Eid El-Kabir prayers inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.
The President’s statement is caming two days after insurgents attacked the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.
The governor was said to be on routine inspection when his convoy was attacked by suspected members of Boko Haram between Baga and Munguno on Wednesday.
On Thursday, multiple explosions from mortars fired by suspected Boko Haram members hit Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, leaving many injured.
But Buhari, who recalled that his regime inherited the security challenges from the previous administration, said he has done his best.
He however knocked security agencies on the current security challenges in the North West and North Central, saying they can do better than what they are currently doing.
The President 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.”
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, later issued a statement quoting Buhari 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.