President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to show greater understanding for all the efforts being made by his government to arrest the rising tide of insecurity in the country.
This is coming just as he also expressed the resolve of his administration to utilize all available resources and manpower to ensure that bandits don’t distrupt agricultural activities in the country next year.
Speaking to reporters at the State House shortly after observing the Eid prayer, Buhari specifically appealed to the nation’s elite to show a better appreciation of the problems facing the country.
“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,” said the President with a strong emphasis.
On why it has taken so long to curb banditry and insurgency in the country, Buhari said, “The elite should make the attempt to understand the military.
“If we order for weapons and armored 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. This is a very long process.”
The President said “the law enforcement agencies are working hard to regain confidence against 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.”
The president said the series of long meetings held in recent weeks, chaired by him form part of the resolve on his part, saying that a part of resolutions had been made public by the National Security Adviser and the others kept secret.
“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.”