President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday described the security situation in the country as “very disturbing”, and has urged the military and the police to do much better.
The president, however, swiftly added that his administration had done its best in view of what he inherited in 2015.
He also assured Nigerians that more resources would be provided for the military, police and other security agencies to “deal with the unwanted security situation in some areas of the country.”
Buhari stated this during an interview with State House Correspondents after observing Eid prayers with his family and aides at the State House, Abuja.
The President’s declaration is coming a few weeks after he threatened heads of security agencies, including service chiefs, that their best was not enough, and two days after an attack on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, who was on his way to an IDP camp outside Maiduguri.
President Buhari said much had been achieved on security and that given the situation he inherited in 2015, Nigerians ought to understand that his administration had done its best.
“Nigerians know that we have done our best. However, what is coming out of the North West and the North Central is very disturbing,” the President said.
In a press statement on the discussions, the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu quoted Buhari as saying that all the security agencies, including the military, and the police were working hard to tackle insecurity.
“We are making available resources to them to even do better. From the reports I am getting, they could do much better…they could do much better. But we are keeping them on the alert all the time to do their duties, said the President.
Buhari also spoke on corruption, saying an anti-graft agency was set up to fight corruption, as those put in the position of authority by both the past and present administrations had abused trust.
He, however, insisted that all corruption cases would be uncovered and thoroughly investigated.
“This is why we put the commission (of investigation) in place. There has been abuse of trust by people trusted by the previous administration and this administration,” he said.
He lamented the waste of resources allocated to the development of the Niger Delta and its people, saying that corruption in the region had been unhelpful, especially “if you recall there is the 13 per cent derivation.”
Buhari warned against vandalism of oil pipelines in the oil-producing areas, which he said often resulted in environmental pollution.
According to him, those engaging in such activities are doing more harm than good to their people and communities.
“Those who are blowing pipelines and interfering with the production of petroleum products are hurting their people more than the rest of Nigerians because majority of their people are fishermen, fisherwomen and farmers.
“Now if they pollute the land and the waters, the fish goes into the deeper sea where the people cannot go and they cannot grow anything. They are hurting their immediate communities more than any other thing,” he noted.