President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the Muslims, Nigerians of all faiths and the followers of Islam all over the world on the occasion of the Maulud-Un-Nabiyy, the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
In a message to mark the occasion on Tuesday, 19th October, a public holiday throughout Nigeria, President Buhari said that insecurity was declining in the country and that journalists reflect that in their reports.
The President urged Muslims to strive for “forgiveness and closeness to the noble life and teachings of the Prophet (SAW) whose birthday is being marked on this blessed day. On this auspicious occasion, I wish you all the blessings of today.”
He used the occasion to give a snapshot of the increased activities the Armed Forces, Police Force, and intelligence agencies have embarked upon to effectively respond to the security challenges in the nation.
He said the government fully expected and intended for these trends to continue, and called on the media to address the tone, content, and standards of reporting into security and safety measures.
“Time has come to revise the prefixes ‘rising insecurity’ with ‘declining insecurity'”, said a statement issued on behalf of the President by his media assistant, Garba Shehu, on Monday.
“The President added that increased cooperation and collaboration from the citizenry, coupled with reinvigorated, dynamic, and energized police, security and military leadership is helping the administration score more victories against terror, criminality, and economic sabotage.
“The reality of declining insecurity should replace the inaccurate narrative of rising insecurity in the country”, said Shehu.
He further quoted Buhari to have said that “while there is work to do, the men and women in uniform who are helping the nation to achieve this goal, desire our collective appreciation and encouragement to do even more.
“The whole country and its mass communications systems have a duty in this regard.”