President Buhari Asks Nigerians To Show More Understanding.
On Thursday, Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, urged Nigerians to be more understanding of the country’s current security situation.
The President made the appeal while speaking with State House correspondents shortly after observing the Eid prayers, which marked the end of the one-month-long Ramadan fast, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
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‘President Buhari pledges action against bandits’ threat to national food security,’ read the text.
“I expect Nigerians to be more understanding on the issues involved, looking at time and available resources,” Buhari was quoted as saying.
“Ask people in Adamawa and Borno States, as well as the South-South, about security when we first arrived in the North East.
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“You can’t do anything without protection. What is happening in the North West has surprised and disappointed us, and we are coping with it.”
The President also urged the nation’s elite to gain a greater understanding of the country’s problems.
“The ruling class should make an effort to comprehend the military. When we place an order for guns or armoured vehicles, the manufacturer must wait.
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“It takes time to ship them, and once they arrive, they are taken to training institutions where they are trained as trainers before being sent to the field. “This is going to take a long time,” the President said.
Buhari vowed that his administration would use all available resources and manpower to combat bandits in the coming farming season, ensuring that access to farms and food production is not disrupted.
He stated that the threat of bandits and kidnappers must be handled so that the country’s food security would not be jeopardised.
“The law enforcement agencies are working hard to restore trust against bandits, so that we can go back to the land,” the President said, wishing for a good rainy season this year. This is a critical point. This is exactly what the departments are working on right now. We want people to return to the land so that we can feed the country and even export food.”
Buhari drew attention to the administration’s ongoing attempts to address the country’s security situation, citing a series of long meetings chaired by him in recent weeks, saying that a portion of the resolutions had been made public by the National Security Adviser and the rest had been kept secret.
“We are putting in a lot of effort with the money and manpower we have. We are hoping that Nigerians will recognise the problem. Nigerians are aware of where we were in 2015, where we are now in terms of security and the economy, and that we are doing our best,” he said.
He also praised the National Assembly, saying, “The National Assembly is cooperating very well.” They are definitely prioritising our (military) demands within the resources available.”
The President and members of his family were joined for Eid by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, cabinet members, and heads of security and intelligence agencies on the forecourt of the Presidential Villa.
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