Buhari ‘replies’ Obasanjo, says other countries face security challenges

President Muhammdu Buhari has said security challenges aren’t limited to Nigeria in an indirect reaction to an open letter written by former Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The former Nigerian leader had bluntly told Buhari in the viral letter of Monday, July 15, 2019 that Nigerians might resort to self-defence if the APC-led government failed to provide adequate security for their lives and property.

He also called the attention of the incumbent president to the incessant clash between herdsmen and farmers, which according to him could degenerate to Rwanda-like genocide if nothing is done about it.

But speaking with the national executives of the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) at Aso Rock on Tuesday, the president, who did not specifically mention Obasanjo’s name, said every country in the world is facing one security challenge or the other, adding that banditry and kidnapping happen across the world.

Buhari’s reaction to security challenges came a few hours Nigeria’s Chief of Staff Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai stated that the military has recorded “great success” in the fight against insecurity.

Buratai said the military had reduced insecurity in the country when he visited his troops at 1 division super camp in Kuyello, Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state.

He warned opposition parties to stop playing politics with the security, saying that the army would not hesitate to take action against them.

“Apart from some isolated remote areas as a result of some other factors, the attacks have drastically reduced,” Buratai said.

Niger’s soldiers stand at Bosso military camp on June 17, 2016 following attacks by Boko Haram fighters in the region.
Boko Haram on June 9 attacked a military post in Bosso in Niger’s Diffa region, killing 26 soldiers. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

“That means we are winning and it is a great success which people should be assured. All these cries of insecurity which some groups and individuals are taking it as a political game I think they should have a rethink because it is no longer the case.

“Insecurity has been tamed right now in the northeast and in the northwest and even in other areas we are doing so well. Our troops are deployed in support of the government, civil police and indeed the civil authorities.”

In a related development, President Buhari has said that the successes recorded in degrading terrorists in the North East would be extended to various parts of the country experiencing challenges.

Buhari stated this during the visit of the executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) led by its President, Dr Francis Adedayo Faduyile, at the State House.

“The issues of health and education are constitutional. If there are too many almajiris in a state, then the government is not following the constitution.

“The states also have elites who are educated enough to remind their governments about their responsibility to almajiris,’’ Buhari said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity Femi Adesina.


In his remarks, the President of the NMA congratulated President Buhari for winning a second term in office, attributing his return to efforts made by the government to reposition the country, especially in health sector, like the establishment of a cancer centre in University of Lagos Teaching Hospital.