Insecurity:Redouble Efforts, Report I Am Getting is that Army Should Do Better – Buhari to Service Chiefs

…Says that APC could have overrun the States won by PDP in 2019 if not for desire of Federal Government to be humanae

By Our Reporter

Abuja (Precise Post) –

President Muhammadu Bu­hari on Monday charged the Service Chiefs to redouble their efforts to tackle in the country, stressing that the general report he is getting, other than the conventional ones from intelligent sources is that the should do better.

This is also as he has revealed that the ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC) could have taken the states won by the oppo­sition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 but for the desire of the Federal Government to be humane.

The president hinted that the onslaught could have been accom­plished through the military and security agencies.

“With the use of the , the police and the rest of them, we could have overrun you. We just wanted to show that we are humane and we are Nigerians,” Buhari said, during a meeting with the six North-East state gov­ernors, attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, the Inspec­tor-General of Police and the heads of intelligence agencies.

Among PDP governors, who attended the meeting at Aso Rock were Ahmadu Fintri of Adamawa, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi and Darius Ishaku of Taraba.

At the meeting convened to discuss the security sit­uation in the North-East, the president also said he expected the armed forces to up their game in the face of recurring security chal­lenges, and pointed out that it was now a general con­sensus that the military ought to do better.

President Buhari de­scribed the challenges posed by COVID-19 as overwhelming, noting that it had taken a toll on the Nigerian economy.

He said his administra­tion, which runs on the principles of restoring security, the economy, and taming corruption, had been of tremendous benefit to Nigerians even though some of those promises were yet to be actualised.

He said: “We have prob­lems of resources and se­curity. You know what we inherited. The people of the North-East will appreciate what this administration has done.

“The general report I am getting, other than from the conventional ones from in­telligence sources, is that the should do better, and this is the truth.

“It is so often coming to me that I have to believe it. I listened to your rep­resentation, the governor who is on the hotspot now in the North-East, Adama­wa, Bauchi, and the rest of them are enjoying peace. I hope they are respecting the sacrifice made by the military.

“I assure you that the government is doing its best. Lack of resources has hit us very hard.

“COVID-19 is a phenome­non. It has no respect for co­lour, you can’t smell it, you can’t see it, and you can’t hear it. America and us are the same. It is a fantastic phenomenon. I think we should all go back to God.

“I assure you, North East governors, especial­ly the governor of Borno, that we go to bed and wake up thinking about you and how to secure our country.

“That is the fundamen­tal responsibility of a gov­ernment – security. In our party, we recognise this. We campaigned on three fundamental issues: secu­rity, economy, and fighting corruption.

“Nigerians – we thank God – understood us and they voted for us. In 2019, we went round the whole country, saying the same thing and apologising for not doing better, but we are doing our best. I think Ni­gerians believe us and we did our best.

“It is true that we lost some states as a ruling party in a developing coun­try, which is normal. I am proud of that because we are impartial, that is why as ruling party, we lost some states. That means we have our own mistakes.

“Some of those that de­feated us are sitting here. We know we are a develop­ing country but we respect our country; otherwise, with the use of the army, the police and the rest of them, we could have over­run you. We just wanted to show that we are humane and we are Nigerians. We will continue to do our best.”

The meeting, which held behind closed doors, had also Secretary to the Gov­ernment of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; the National Security Advis­er (NSA); Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and the Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, in atten­dance.

The North East gov­ernors were led by their chairman and governor of Borno State, Prof. Babaga­na Zulum. The other gov­ernors were Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), and Mai Mala Buni (Yobe).

The Director General, Department of State Ser­vices (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i; Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, and the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Ding­yadi, were in attendance.

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