Abuja Terror Alerts: “Don’t panic, be alert”, Buhari urges Nigerians

Says Govt. has reinforced security

The nation’s security establishment and entire citizens have been advised to continue to be vigilant and careful with security.

This comes in the wake of the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) travel advisory alert to their citizens at the weekend of a possible terrorist attack in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).

Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, in an issued statement said President Muhammadu Buhari gave the advice upon his return from South Korea yesterday, urging Nigerians to remain calm saying it is important to avoid panic.

The President noted that Nigeria is no exception in having terror threats listed in foreign government’s travel advice to their citizens, adding that “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”, he emphasised.

The statement noted that attacks are being foiled, adding that “Security agents are pro-actively rooting out threats to keep citizens safe – much of their work unseen and necessarily confidential. “Nigerians’ safety remains the highest priority of the government. Security services are working around the clock to keep harm at bay”, he further assured.

The President also assured that the Government is on top of the security situation in the country. He stressed that while being security conscious, alert and careful is crucial, it is also important that responsible members of society do not create situations leading to unnecessary panic.

President Buhari commended the military and other security agencies for the recent turnaround in the nation’s security, and directed that additional precautionary measures be put in place and that these must not be slackened now, and during the upcoming festive period.

He also expressed optimism that “given the on-going efforts on the part of the military and other security and intelligence agencies with the active support of the civilian population, the nation will emerge victorious against the current challenges facing it”.

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