The Nigerian government says it is committed to securing the lives and property of its citizens at all times.
President Muhamamdu Buhari made the declaration on Friday in a national broadcast to the nation to mark this year’s Democracy Day.
The President, who commiserated with those who lost their loved ones in recent attacks by terrorists, assured them that the killers would be brought to swift justice.
“I regret recent sporadic incidents with tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno States as a result of criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions. Security Agencies will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to swift justice.,” he said.
The Nigerian leader urged other tiers of government to revamp their security apparatus, to address security challenges.
He said: “I must implore state and local governments to revamp their intelligence assets so that the Security Agencies can nip in the bud any planned attacks in remote rural areas. I send my heartfelt condolences to all the relatives and communities affected.
“As part of the strengthening of our internal security architecture, the Ministry of Police Affairs was created.
“Amongst others, Government has expanded the National Command and Control Centre to nineteen states of the federation, resuscitated the National Public Security Communication System and commenced the implementation of the Community Policing Strategy.”
The President said government, through the military, has introduced a special operation at its external borders, to check the inflow of weapons.
“To reduce security challenges through our external borders especially smuggling of oil products out of the country, inflow of small arms and drugs into the country and equally protect our local manufacturers, we introduced operation “Ex-Swift Response” closing our borders from August 20th 2019, and have considerably succeeded in meeting its objectives as well as improving our national revenue,” he affirmed.
Source: Voice of Nigeria