By Idris Muhammad
President Muhammadu Buhari has raised concern over growing insecurity, especially in Northern Nigeria.
He expressed the view shortly before meeting the freed Kankara secondary school students in Katsina on Friday.
The president said that a lot needed to be done to improve security, adding that his government was aware of its responsibility to secure lives.
“ It is our responsibility to secure this country for all the citizens to do their businesses without any problem. We haven’t achieved that yet but we will keep on trying.
”I’ll continue to be loyal to this country. I have asked for this mandate; I got it, I must not advance any excuse for failing to perform.
“On the issue of insecurity, I’m extremely worried about it, and I hope next year it will be different. Those among the law enforcement agencies that would remain in charge would be extremely busy.
”We have a lot of work ahead of us and some of these things we may not say because I don’t want to compromise the security and efforts being put by the law enforcement agencies.
“But really, we are accurately aware of our responsibilities. Our responsibility is to secure the country – so we have a lot of work to do.
“Armed forces know their job. I meet them, we have security meetings from time to time, they must be very clear of my instructions, and their effort is not good enough for me.
“It is our responsibility to secure this country for all the citizens to do their businesses without any problem.
“We haven’t achieved that yet, but we will keep on trying.”
The rescued schoolboys met with the Katsina State Governor, Malam Aminu Bello Masari, who later led them to Daura, to meet with the president.