President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly stated that the violence and terrorism, which has become prevalent in the country is not unique to Nigeria.
This was reportedly disclosed in a statement, by Garba Shehu, the SSA on Media and Publicity to president Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement also referred to The Economist’s recent issue that described Nigeria as “The Next Afghanistan”, adding that it also makes the President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, worried.
The statement read that, “The growing instability and violence in the North of Nigeria and elsewhere are unacceptable.”
It noted that, “No one, not least the Presidency, underestimates the seriousness of the situation. Every day, the President holds the victims and their families in his thoughts and prayers.”
Buhari maintained that, “Sadly, in this respect, Nigeria is not unique. Violence and terror have risen steadily across the entire African continent over the last decade.’
While alluding to The Economist Magazine that stated that “Nigeria is the next Afghanistan”, Buhari said that, “The Economist magazine in a recent publication wrote about ‘The Next Afghanistan’, warning the global community of the horrifying security in our neighbourhood, citing specifically the states of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. So we understand the frustrations of the Daily Trust and Nigeria’s northern communities about the ongoing challenges of security, and the Buhari administration is no less worried.”
Buhari however stated that, “But it is only fair to say that Nigeria’s persistent and continued efforts to suppress that instability have seen results, with the terror group Boko Haram among others reduced to a shell of its former self.”