The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, says the security in the North has improved despite a claim by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, that the North had been overrun by bandits.
Adesina said the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum, would attest to the fact that security had drastically improved.
The President’s aide said this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’.
Adesina had boasted that the Federal Government had been able to tackle insecurity.
When confronted with the Sultan’s statement, and if it was not proof that Buhari had failed, Adesina said, “You are using that failure too broadly. You don’t take one, two, three events and then you conclude that it is all failure.
“You will get to some other parts of the North and they will tell you that things are a lot better. Even Governor Zulum who is in Borno State, which is like the epicentre of the insurgency, will tell you that the situation in that state is far better than it was in 2015.”
He said people should judge Buhari based on what he met on the ground and not just his promises.
The spokesman said when the President took over in 2015, several local governments were under Boko Haram occupation but things had improved drastically.
When asked if there were consequences for lapses in insecurity in 2020, Adesina added, “What did the government meet? 17 local governments under full occupation by Boko Haram, emirs had fled their palaces, roads had been locked, and NYSC orientation camps were not open in many states in the country but look at the situation in the country today? It is a lot better.”