Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has said the level of insecurity across the country comes as a huge shock to his administration.
Buhari who made this statement on Thursday while speaking with Journalists at the State House shortly after observing the Eid prayer, said his administration is fighting hard to contain the situation.
He however maintained that the current security and economic situation of the country was different from when he assumed office in 2015.
“Without security, you can’t do anything. Our big surprise and disappointment is what is happening in the North-West and we are dealing with it.
“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,” he said.
Buhari further emphasized that appropriate security agencies were also working to ensure that the havoc wreaked by bandits do not affect the access to farms and foods production.
“The law enforcement agencies are working hard to regain confidence against the bandits, so that we can go back to the land. This is very important. This is what the agencies are busy doing right now. We want people to go back to the land so that we can get enough food for the country and even export.
“I expect Nigerians to be more understanding on the issues involved, looking at the time and available resources. For example, when we came in, in the North-East, ask people in Adamawa and Borno States and the South-South in terms of security,” he added.
Buhari urged the nation’s elite to “make the attempt to understand the military,” stressing that “If we order weapons and armoured vehicles, it takes time for the manufacturers. 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”.