President Muhammadu Buhari has dispelled insinuations that insecurity was on the rise in the country.
According to him, the narratives by some western countries on the security situation in the country are false.
The president spoke at the opening ceremony of a 3-day strategic communication conference for State Commandant and Public Relations Officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Wednesday in Abuja.
Represented by his spokesman, Femi Adeshina, Buhari stated the insecurity witnessed in many parts of the country was under control.
He said, “While insecurity is not gone, it is not rising. To a large extent, there is control over the security situation in the country. This is irrespective of the western nations said about the security situation, we know that is not exactly the truth.
“Our security agencies have a firm grip and control of the security situation in the country. I oppose the word rising insecurity in the country, it is not rising, it is under control and it will further be under control till it is completely checked.“
The Commandant General of NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, said the Federal Government was leaving no stone unturned to eradicate insecurity in the country.
Audi, however, urged Nigerians to turn deaf ears to utterances meant to discredit the effort of the federal government in the fight against insecurity in the country, adding that securing the country requires the cooperation of the security agencies and the citizens.
He said, “Security is not an exclusive prerogative of Security Agencies alone but actually a symbiotic responsibility between security agencies and the civil populace.
“I enjoin all Nigerian citizens to work in concert with the security agents across board and discard the very insensitive utterances aimed at discrediting the efforts of the Federal Government. More importantly, politicians should not politicize the security situation in the country, just as the Federal Government resolutely show far more commitment in stepping-up strategies in the fight against terrorism and other crimes in Nigeria.“
Audi urged the participants to come up with strategies that would bring an end to the lingering solution to the insecurity in the country.
He said, “As the 2023 general elections draw close, I charge you to come out of this conference with strategies and templates that will bring about lasting peace and solutions to insecurity in the country via the NSCDC operations for a free, fair and credible election.“