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Insecurity: We are working hard, doing our best – Buhari

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has said his government is doing all it can to curtail the widespread insecurity in the country, adding that he expects Nigerians to be more tolerant with his regime.

WUZUPNIGERIA reports that Buhari is facing intense pressure over the increasing insecurities in Nigeria. In the north, bandits and insurgents – Boko Haram and ISWAP – continue to wreak havoc: killing, maiming and abducting residents, including students, for ransom.

In the south, killer herdsmen, kidnappers hold sway while armed gunmen continue to attack police and other security formations in southeast.

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Lately, a one-time supporter of the Buhari’s government, Fr Ejike Mbaka – a cleric – had lambasted the president and called for his impeachment. Other clergymen and stakeholders had also backed his call.

Last Tuesday, 17 governors of the southern states, including those elected under the flagship of Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party, asked him to address the country over the rising insecurity.

But Buhari, while speaking to newsmen after observing Eid prayer at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, said his government is doing its best to secure lives.

He said, “The elite should make the attempt to understand the military. If we order for weapons and armoured vehicles, it takes time for the manufacturers.

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“It takes time to ship them and when brought here eventually, they are taken to training institutions, train the trainers before sending them to the field. This is a very long process.

“I expect Nigerians to be more understanding on the issues involved, looking at time and available resources. For example, when we came in, in the Northeast, ask people in Adamawa and Borno States and the South-South in terms of security.

“Without security, you can’t do anything. Our big surprise and disappointment is what is happening in the Northwest and we are dealing with it.”

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He added, “With the resources and manpower available to us, we are working very hard. We are hoping Nigerians will understand the problem. Nigerians know at what stage we came in in 2015, what state we are today both on security and the economy and we are doing our best.”

The president commended the National Assembly for its support, saying that “the National Assembly is cooperating very well. Within the resources available, they are certainly giving us priority on our (military) requests.”



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