Despite the country’s security problems, President Muhammadu Buhari claims that the situation now is better than it was in 2015 when he took office.
The President, who spoke after the Eid prayer, which marked the end of this year’s Ramadan fasting season and was held inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, also promised that his administration would protect farmlands and reclaim those that had been occupied by bandits and terrorists.
In this regard, the President stated that efforts were still underway to protect farmlands and farmers from criminals in order to ensure a fruitful farming season.
President Buhari said in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, that the threat of bandits and kidnappers will be tackled to ensure the nation’s food security is not 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.”
President Buhari drew attention to the administration’s continuing attempts to address the country’s security situation, citing a series of long meetings chaired by him in recent weeks, stating 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 we are doing our best.”
The President expressed his gratitude for the National Assembly’s cooperation, emphasising that “the National Assembly is cooperating very well.” They are definitely prioritising our (military) demands within the resources available.”
President Buhari then appealed to the nation’s elite to demonstrate a greater understanding of the country’s problems.
“The ruling class should make an effort to comprehend the military. When we order weapons and armoured vehicles, the suppliers must wait. 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.
He pleaded with Nigerians to gain a better understanding of the country’s current situation.
“Given the time and resources available, I expect Nigerians to be more understanding of the issues at hand. When we first arrived in the Northeast, we inquired about protection in Adamawa and Borno States, as well as the South-South.
“You can’t do anything without protection. What is happening in the Northwest has surprised and disappointed us, and we are dealing with it,” the President said emphatically.
President Buhari, his family members, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, and other Muslim faithful attended Eid prayers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, according to Nigerian NewsDirect.
The prayer was held in the villa’s forecourt, with members of the first family in attendance, including First Lady Aisha Buhari, the president’s children, and grandchildren.
The Eid prayer was held at the Villa rather than at a prayer site, as is customary, in order to comply with the Presidential Steering Committee’s directive against mass gatherings in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the President’s National Security Adviser, retired Babagana Monguno, were among those who attended the prayer session.
Yusuf Bichi, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Usman Baba, the acting Inspector-General of Police, and other presidential aides and State House principal staff were among those present.
Sheikh Abdulwahid Sulaiman, the Chief Imam of the Aso Rock Mosque, preached shortly after the two-raka’at Eid prayer, urging Muslim Ulama to continue seeking God’s forgiveness even after Ramadan ended.
He also emphasised the importance of political, religious, and cultural leaders engaging with people in a fair and just manner.