• Govt has done much for security, presidency insists
Nigerians residing in The Netherlands have challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to act decisively in halting further killings of innocent citizens nationwide.
Chapter chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Julius Nnamdi Nwankpa, communicated their feelings yesterday when the president visited The Hague.
The body urged the government and security agents to immediately end the orgy of killings while calling on Nigerians “to play their roles in breaking the cycle of violence which usually has no winner.”
Nwankpa commended Buhari for the war against corruption, which he said, had earned him respect.
He said: “You have earned respect around the world for the high improvement in infrastructural development, and for signing into law the Diaspora Commission Bill.”
Responding, the president commended the nationals for their professionalism and achievements.
He was full of praise for them for representing and keeping in touch with their motherland.
“I am pleased with the quality of people I am seeing. Congratulations on your achievements,” Buhari stated.
Meanwhile, the presidency has refuted insinuations that the Federal Government had not done enough to secure lives and property.
In a statement, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, argued that his principal met a tattered security arrangement where the Boko Haram insurgents ran amok in some communities in the North East, but had tamed them after three years in the saddle.
His words: “In May 2015 when the administration emerged, the security situation was in tatters. It pulled up its bootstraps, rolled up its sleeves and the Boko Haram insurgency was beaten back. It was eventually degraded.
“Other security challenges are being tackled and will subsequently become history. Not doing enough, as some critics claim, is not part of the deal, nor is it reality, no, not by any stretch of imagination. A lot is being done and success is guaranteed.”
He continued: “A popular refrain from some quarters is that the president is not doing enough to combat the insecurity that has beleaguered the country in recent times.
“Lest that untruth begin to wear a garb of reality, let us consider some initiatives taken under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the security situation, particularly since January 2018.”