By Godson Ikiebey-
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said that security and law enforcement agencies are capable of safeguarding the country.
The president said this while responding to concerns raised by a delegation of Zamfara Advocacy Group which held a meeting with him at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday, June 10, 2019.
According to the president, the military and the police have been taking drastic measures to check the activities of some “local elements threatening the peace” of the communities in the state.
Garba Shehu, senior special assistant quoted President Buhari to have said:
“I assure you, I get daily reports from people in the field and traditional rulers. I also meet regularly with the leadership of the security agencies, and they have been directed to deploy their personnel to secure the society”.
The president described the failure of local leadership in intelligence-gathering as “unfortunate” and enjoined community and traditional leaders to monitor closely the activities of people in their domain with a view to assisting law enforcement agencies to secure the communities.
He also commended Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara state, for being proactive in addressing the security challenges in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Usman Balarabe, said the situation in the state remains “dire”, citing increased attacks, deaths, injuries and displacements. He said:
“We are here because we believe Mr President and his administration can put in place solid measures to bring about peace and security and also mitigate the endemic poverty that has made this region one of the poorest in the world”.
The delegation which also included Asia Ahmed, wife of of Kaduna state governor and Kadaria Ahmed, media personality, called for greater collaboration among stakeholders; securing the borders; and permanently situating a major military presence in the state, among other suggestions.