President Muhammadu Buhari has called for calm following the recent travel advisories from the U.S. and U.K. governments to their citizens in Nigeria.
in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, The President, advised the nation’s security establishment and entire citizens to continue being vigilant and careful with security.
President Buhari, who said the travel advice was not an indication that there would be attacks on the Federal Capital Territory, added that it was important to avoid panic as the security agents had been in charge of the situation since the July prison raid in Kuje.
He said: “Nigeria is no exception in having terror threats listed in foreign government’s travel advice to their citizens. UK and US travel advisories also state there is a high likelihood of terror attacks 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, terror is a reality the world over.
“However, it does not mean an attack in Abuja is imminent. Since the July prison raid, security measures have been reinforced in and around the FCT. Heightened monitoring and interception of terrorist communications ensure potential threats are caught further upstream.
“Attacks are being foiled. Security agents are proactively rooting out threats to keep citizens safe – much of their work unseen and necessarily confidential. Nigerians’ safety remains the highest priority of government. Security services are working around the clock to keep harm at bay.”
“While noting, in addition that security threats are real and have been with us for a long while, the nation’s military, the police and other security agencies have shown a capability to deal with it, as is evident from the fact that a majority of our partners, including the United Nations agencies in our midst have not seen the threat as being sufficient to warrant any form of panic or order citizen evacuations,” the statement added.
President Buhari said while being security conscious, being alert and careful was crucial, it was also important that responsible members of the society do not create situations leading to unnecessary panic.