“We Can’t Depend On Buhari Alone For Nigeria’s Security” – Femi Adesina


The presidency yesterday said Nigeri­ans will be making a grave mistake if they believe that it is the sole re­sponsibility of President Mu­hammadu Buhari to provide security for the country.

Femi Adesina, Special Ad­viser on Media and Publicity, who disclosed this while fea­turing as a guest on Channels Television programme, ‘Poli­tics Today’, said the president was right when he charged school owners, including state and local governments, to scale up security around their educational institu­tions.

According to him, while he swore to protect the lives and property of Nigerians as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, every Ni­gerian is part of the security architecture of the country.

“That can only be wrong and it can only be part of the problem, rather than the solution. Security is every­body’s business. Even at the ward and local government levels, people can be part of the security apparatus. Be­cause when you see some­thing and you say something, you are contributing to the security architecture of the country.

“When you see strangers loitering around and mov­ing suspiciously at the local level, you can tell somebody. You can tell the traditional rulers who will tell the se­curity agencies. If we have the mindset that everything about security is the duty of the president, then that can only be wrong.

“Yes, the president has the responsibility to guarantee safety of lives and property according to the constitution that he swore to uphold but to say that it is his sole business, responsibility or prerogative, we will be very wrong. Every­body is part of the security architecture of the country. It is just that the responsibility weighs heavier on one person than the others but we all are part of it”.

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