Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday acknowledged the security issues in two troubled regions of the country, saying developments were “very, very disturbing”, reported The Guardian.
After coming to power in 2015, vowed to crush a bloody jihadist revolt in the northeast, which has escalated while violence by criminal gangs has spread in the centre and northwest of the country.
“What is coming up in the northwest and north central is very, very disturbing indeed,” Buhari said. “I believe the military, the police and other law enforcement agencies, from the reports I am getting, I think they could do much better.”
The Nigerian president said his government is keeping the security forces on the alert all the time to do their duties. The statement came two days after insurgents attacked the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.
Notably, Boko Haram’s insurgency in northeastern Nigeria has claimed over 36,000 lives in the last 10 years and forced around two million people from their homes. The jihadists have also stepped up their attacks in the Lake Chad region in Nigeria, affecting neighboring countries like Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.
While speaking at the Presidential Villa on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari also vowed to unearth all corrupt cases in Nigeria. He assured that all corrupt cases both past and present would be revisited. He said the Nigerian government will uncover all such cases and firmly deal with them.
Buhari acknowledged that there has been abuse of trust by some people in both the previous and this administration. He explained that the probe was responsible for the setting up of a commission to look into such cases of corruption.
“This is why we put the commission (of investigation) in place,” the Nigerian president said. “There has been abuse of trust by people trusted by the previous administration and this administration.”