President Muhammadu Buhari has said that security agencies are effectively responding to the security challenges across the country.
Buhari, in a message on Monday to mark the Eid-ul-Maulud celebration by its spokesman, Garba Shehu, said his government will continue to ensure that Nigerians are safe and protected.
The President, however, admonished the media to “revise” their reporting on insecurity in the country, adding that the security challenges in the country are now “declining”.
The statement reads: “The President uses the occasion to give a snapshot of the increased activities the Armed Forces, Police Force, and intelligence agencies have embarked upon to effectively respond to the security challenges in the nation.
“He says the government fully expects and intends for these trends to continue, and calls on the media to address the tone, content, and standards of reporting into security and safety measures. Time has come to revise the prefixes ‘rising insecurity’ with ‘declining insecurity’.
“The President adds that increased cooperation and collaboration from the citizenry, coupled with reinvigorated, dynamic, and energised police, security and military leadership is helping the administration score more victories against terror, criminality, and economic sabotage. The reality of declining insecurity should replace the inaccurate narrative of rising insecurity in the country.
“While there is work to do, the men and women in uniform who are helping the nation to achieve this goal, desire our collective appreciation and encouragement to do even more. The whole country and its mass communications systems have a duty in this regard.”
The President felicitated with Muslims in Nigerians and all over the world on the occasion of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Buhari urged the Islamic faithful to embrace “forgiveness and closeness to the noble life and teachings of the Prophet (SAW), whose birthday is being marked on this blessed day”.