PRESIDENT BUHARI TO SECURITY AGENCIES, ALL CITIZENS: BE ALERT. DON’T PANIC
President Muhammad advises the nation’s security establishment and entire citizens to continue being vigilant and careful with security, saying it is important to avoid panic. He urges citizens to remain calm. The recent changes in travel advice from the US and UK governments should not be a cause for panic.
Nigeria is no exception in having terr#r thre#ts listed in foreign government’s travel advice to their citizens. UK and US travel advisories also state there is a high likelihood of terr#r att#cks 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, terr#r is a reality the world over. However, it does not mean an att#ck in Abuja is imminent. Since the July prison raid, security measures have been reinforced in and around the FCT. Heightened monitoring and interception of terr#rist communications ensure potential thre#ts are caught further upstream. Att#cks are being foiled. Security agents are proactively rooting out thre#ts to keep citizens safe – much of their work unseen and necessarily confidential.
The President stresses that that while being security conscious, being alert and careful is crucial, it is also important that responsible members of the society do not create situations leading to unnecessary panic. President Buhari commends the military and other security agencies for the recent turn around in the nation’s security, and directs that additional precautionary measures be put in place and that these must not slacken now, and during the upcoming festive period President Buhari expresses optimism that given the on-going 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.