National Security Adviser Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has called on Nigerians to exercise patience with the Bola Tinubu administration, emphasizing that the serious security challenges inherited from the previous government will take time to resolve. Speaking at the 19th Annual Nigerian Editors Conference in Uyo, Ribadu highlighted the active security threats, including Boko Haram insurgency, militancy, oil theft, insecurity in the South-East, and banditry in the North-West.
Acknowledging improvements in addressing these challenges, Ribadu appealed for cooperation and support from the public, stating, “We inherited a tough period. We appeal for patience and understanding. It’s tough times, and that is the reality.” He emphasized the need for collective efforts to eliminate insecurity and assured Nigerians that things would get better.
Ribadu also pointed out achievements under the Tinubu administration, such as increased crude oil production in the Niger Delta and a reduction in security incidents in the South-East. He called for building capacities and security systems to address long-standing issues, especially in the North-East, where collective efforts are crucial.
Responding to criticisms about the economy, Ribadu asserted that the current government is transparent and committed to improving citizens’ welfare. The administration’s efforts to tackle insecurity and manage the inherited crises were highlighted, with Ribadu noting progress in various regions.
In reaction to claims of inheriting a bankrupt economy, the Labour Party candidate in the presidential election, Peter Obi, challenged the government to disclose specific liabilities inherited. Obi emphasized the importance of transparency and accountability in governance, calling for a clear presentation of the deficit passed down from the previous administration.
The ongoing efforts by the Tinubu administration to address inherited challenges, coupled with calls for patience and support, set the tone for the government’s commitment to navigating complex issues faced by the nation.