A Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has attributed the growing insecurity to the Libyan crisis which, according to him, let to the proliferation of small arms into the country.
Mr Shehu made the statement Monday on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme while reacting to calls for the removal of the security service chiefs.
Mr Shehu noted that the reversals in the successes recorded against Boko Haram were being undermined by the Libyan crisis which led to the proliferation of small arms.
According to him, the military is doing a good job and deserves the support of Nigerians.
He said, “Our Armed Forces are doing an enormously good job, they are not sitting on their laurels but the challenges have mounted because of factors extraneous to the region and Nigerians should have an appreciation and be sympathetic and see that all of the things about the collapse of Libya is no fairytale.
“Europeans for their competing interests in Libya were dropping weapons into villages in Libya. A lot of these elements have found their way into ungoverned spaces in the Sahel.
“Could it be better with the sacking of the service chiefs? My sense is that the President as the commander-in-chief is not a novice in the first instance.
“He was a military commander, a military head of state and the latitude of opinions intellectual, security, military available to him is not available to most of the critics.
“So, it is wrong of them to interlope in a way and begin to speak on matters of which they do not have the competence to pass judgement. I hope I don’t seem arrogant but I am stating facts as they are.”