Security Situation Better Now Than In 2015, Says Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been favoured by external and neutral assessments.

This is as he revealed that the administration has delivered well on its mandate given by Nigerians.

Adesina said this when he appeared on Channel Television’s Politics Today programme on Monday.

He said, “Yes, we have delivered on our promise to Nigerians. There are certain areas where the delivery is higher than in some areas. But for anybody to say it has been a complete failure, that will be a lie.

“In some areas, we may not have performed well like in other areas. There were three main promises and these promises were expanded into nine priority areas.

“One, we met an insecure country. We went at it and there was some stability and after a while, it exploded again and became hydra-headed. Before, the insurgency was the only issue, but now banditry, kidnapping and cultism came in. So, it’s a serious issue.

“In all truth can we compare the security situation of 2015 to what we have now? As of 2015, yes it was only insurgency then, but the way bombs were going off like firecrackers in all cities, can we compare that to today?

“It will be disingenuous to say that there has not been improvement in certain areas of security.”

He said security was a big elephant in the room and the government is seriously working at it.

“It was in the president’s speech today that the security situation is being tackled frontally.”

Quoting the President’s October 1 speech, Adesina added that “Progressive movement should not be mistaken for stagnancy. But some people want to mistake it for stagnancy.

On the rating of the regime’s performance, Adesina said, “Let me say that the rating was done by a neutral body. It was a consultant that came and did a proper assessment in those nine priority areas and it is quite good. There would be a formal report later and

“The government will not assess itself. A neutral body will assess it and Nigerians will assess us too. Our higher priority projects will be commission before Buhari leaves office in 2023.”

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