- President Muhammadu Buhari called for calm amid alerts by the United States and United Kingdom over a possible terror attack on Abuja, the capital city
- Buhari said that the alert does not mean an attack in Abuja is imminent and stated that security measures have been reinforced in and around the FCT
- The president assured Nigerians that their safety remains the highest priority of the government, assuring that security services are working around the clock to keep harm at bay
Nigerians have been assured that there is no cause for alarm over the recent concerns raised on possible terror attacks in parts of the country.
The assurance was given by President Muhammadu Buhari while speaking on the security alerts issued by the US and the UK to their citizens in Nigeria.
According to the president, the recent travel advisories from the the foreign countries should not be a cause for panic.
According to a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari added that the travel advisories do not mean that an attack is imminent in the federal capital territory (FCT).
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The statement read.
“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,” he was quoted as saying.
“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.”
The president also assured Nigerians that the government is on top of the security situation in country.
Stop and search begins at NASS complex over terror alert today
Meanwhile, the National Assembly has announced that new strict security arrangements would commence on Monday, October 31, for the National Assembly complex.
This follows several alerts regarding security threats in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. According to the NASS Security Management Committee, the new measure would commence with “a stop and search policy” with the complex being a vulnerable target for insurgent attacks.
The National Assembly Security Committee said the National Assembly Complex is particularly a vulnerable target for insurgent attacks.
Days after US, UK terror threat alert, Senate releases top-notch plan for Nigerian Army
Meanwhile, Ali Ndume, the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Nigerian Army, has pledged that the Red Chamber will continue to show adequate support to the Nigerian Army (NA) in its efforts to contain domestic security challenges.
Senator Ndume who led members of the Senate Army Committee in the role of statutory overseer to the Nigerian Army Headquarters on Thursday, October 27, expressed gratitude to the NA for the operational successes achieved thus far in combating terrorism, robbery, and other crimes.
Commending the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahya, Ndume said the Army has shown competence and dedication to their tasks. He also noted that lawmakers at the Senate are determined to put an end to the security challenges that plaguing Nigeria by intensifying efforts to address the unrest in troubled areas of the country by the end of the year.