President Muhammadu Buhari says that those criticising isolated cases of insecurity in the country are not patriotic.
The President spoke a day after former President Olusegun Obasanjo accused him of not doing enough to tackle security challenges across the country.
In an open letter on Monday, Obasanjo criticised Buhari’s government, saying killings could not be swept under the carpet.
Obasanjo said the rate at which things were going, Nigeria could experience a situation similar to Rwanda where there was genocide in 1994.
“To be explicit and without equivocation, Mr. President and General, I am deeply worried about four avoidable calamities,” he wrote.
But the President while receiving the National Executives of the Buhari Campaign Organisation at the State House on Tuesday said “those who politicize the isolated incidents of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians.”
In his words, “Your contribution during the election is commendable. Let me use this medium to assure you that you would not be disappointed because this second term, I intend to renew efforts in securing the country, fighting corruption and strengthening the economy.
“Every country has security challenges, while we have made significant progress in fighting against terrorism, we acknowledge that there are new and emerging challenges of Kidnapping and banditry. I assure you that we will not relent in our efforts to secure the country from criminal activities.
“Those who politicize the isolated incidents of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians. I am confident that this administration uses all the resources at its disposal to protect the lives of all Nigerians and not just prominent Nigerians but all.
“We will continue to be tough on the cancer of corruption”.
He added that every country around the world is facing one security challenge or the other, assuring the group that they would not be disappointed.
He pointed out that there are new challenges of banditry and kidnapping around the globe, and Nigeria has made significant progress, noting that the government will not relent in its efforts to address criminal activities to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.
By Babatunde Alao…
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