Safety of Nigerians remains top priority of government, says Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that the safety of Nigerians remains the highest priority of his administration.
He therefore, urged Nigerians to be calm and vigilant following the United States and United Kingdom security advisories.
In a statement on Friday in Abuja, signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said security agents are proactively rooting out threats to keep citizens safe.
He said given the ongoing efforts on the part of the military and other security and intelligence agencies with the active support of the civilian population, the nation will emerge victorious against the current challenges facing it.
He noted that, “Nigeria is no exception in having terror threats listed in foreign government’s travel advice to their citizens.
” UK and US travel advisories also states that there is a high likelihood of terror attacks in many Western European nations.
“Indeed, the UK and US advice to their respective citizens for travel to one another’s countries contain the same warning. Unfortunately, terror is a reality all over the world.
According to the statement, the security advisory does not mean an attack in Abuja is imminent, stressing that since the July prison raid, security measures had been reinforced in and around the FCT.
“Heightened monitoring and interception of terrorist communications ensure potential threats are caught further upstream. Attacks are being foiled.
“Security agents are proactively rooting out threats to keep citizens safe – much of their work unseen and necessarily confidential.
“Nigerians safety remains the highest priority of the government. Security services are working around the clock to keep harm at bay”, the statement said.
While urging Nigerians to be security conscious, alert and careful, Buhari warned against creating situations that will lead to unnecessary panic.
He commended the military and other security agencies for the recent turnaround in the nation’s security and directed that additional precautionary measures be put in place, especially during the upcoming festivities.


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