President Buhari‘s media aide, Femi Adesina has stated his principal’s comment of being “surprised” over the rising insecurity across the country while receiving some citizens of Niger state on Monday January 27, was misinterpreted.
In a statement on Thursday, Adesina said the president did not say he is unaware of the security challenges in the country.
According to the Presidential spokesperson, the Nigerian leader only meant he was surprised with the emergence of banditry in the north-west which is a region “almost homogeneous, made up of Hausa-Fulani and largely Muslim”.
His Statement –
“The reportage of the statement above was slanted to mean that President Buhari said he was unaware of the security challenges in some parts of the country. Far from it, except to the mischievous mind. The President is fully aware and fully in charge of all that is going on.
“The statement by the President was clear enough, and these are the salient points:
“In 2015, we knew there was Boko Haram insurgency, particularly in the North-east, and we mentioned it in our campaigns. There are clear economic and cultural factors behind the clashes that sadly rocked many of our communities, be they the Fulani-Tiv or Fulani-Berom conflict, the Tiv versus Jukun and so on. By now, these conflicts are fairly under control.
“By 2019, banditry had surfaced in the North-West. It was surprising, as the area is almost homogeneous, made up of Hausa-Fulanis. The combatants are largely Muslim. This is what the President said he was surprised about.”