Insecurity: Nigerians know we have done our best, says Buhari/ Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerians know his administration has done its best to combat insecurity in the country.

In an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday, Buhari said his government has recorded significant progress in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East and militants in the South-South.

He said while insecurity still remains a problem in Nigeria, his government has improved on the situation of things when compared to what was obtainable prior to his administration's emergence in 2015.

He said: “I want Nigerians to be very conscious of their country and what we inherited when we came in 2015 was Boko Haram – North East and the militants, the South-South. Nigerians know that we have done our best.

“What is coming up in the North West and North Central is very disturbing indeed but I believe the military, the police, and other law enforcement agencies from the report I am getting, I think 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.”

In a follow-up statement released by Garba Shehu, his spokesman, Buhari reiterated his government's commitment to support security agencies in the country with resources and other things required for optimal operation.

The statement titled “President Buhari pledges more resources to deal with ‘very disturbing’ security situation in parts of the country" read: “He (the President) said considering the security situation on ground when he came to office, ‘Nigerians know that we have done our best. However, what is coming out of the North West and the North Central is very disturbing.’

“Responding to a specific question on the performance of the service chiefs which recently, he said needed to get better, the President said that the military, the police, and other security agencies are working hard.

“We are making available resources to them to even do better,” he assured, adding that “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.”