Insecurity in Nigeria
The presidency has insisted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s is effectively putting efforts in tackling the security situation in Nigeria which has generated complaints in recent times.
It would be recalled that most Nigerians have lamented the security situation with dozens of people killed and kidnapped every week by armed bandits in different parts of the country thereby arousing various tension.
Nigerians have also said the situation shows a total collapse of the security system and a need to rethink the security architecture of the country.
Also, prominent Nigerians including ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo have called for a conference to discuss the nation’s security problems. Obasanjo call was prompted by the killings of 353 persons last month only apart from killing by Boko Haram terrorists.
The situation has also demanded calls by Senate, last week who resolved to call a security conference to discuss possible solutions to the pervasive insecurity across the country.
Also, recently, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was criticised by many Nigerians for telling an audience in the United States that kidnappings in Nigeria were being exaggerated.
Nigerian Military on Patrol
But government spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has spoken contrary to these on Channels Television programme Sunday Politics and disagreed with the claim, stating the resolve and efforts of the Buhari administration to stem the tide.
He said: “We are in total disagreement with the assumptions of the collapse of security in the country. The government is on top of the security situation in the country because we have calmed down North Central and Niger Delta.
“Some of the security challenges being witnessed predated the Buhari administration. Security challenges have been present before the present administration came to office. We have met our own challenges and we are dealing with them as decisive as we can”.
Reacting to question, if the government sees the need to call a national conference on insecurity, Shehu said: “to call for a national conference when there is a sitting parliament in place, whoever is making that call is not a democrat.”
Mr. Shehu’s remarks may also be seen by some as a way of downplaying the security situation, something the government has been accused of in the past.