Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has asked Nigerians to be thankful that bombings no longer take place on a daily basis in the country.
Adesina said this on Channels Television programme, Sunday Politics, monitored by The PUNCH.
The presidential aide said this in reaction to complaints by Nigerians over the rising insecurity in the country.
Adesina claimed there was a time in the country when six bombs would go off in a single day, saying that killings had reduced since Buhari came to power.
He also claimed that killings and bombings are now less frequent, as the country now goes weeks and months without any incident.
When asked if security had improved, he replied:
“Yes, there are times, a week, two weeks even a month that you don’t have all these things happening. There was a time in the immediate past when they happened daily several times. You talked of one bombing within three or four days. There was a time in this country when bombs went off like firecrackers every day.
“There could be five, six bombings in one day. Now, you can have two, three months with no single case of bombing. Let’s be thankful for small mercies. Any mercies we receive, let’s be thankful for it and let’s not dwell on negatives alone.
“Life is taking the rough and smooth together. So, sometimes we see when things go on for days, for weeks with no negative developments, let us emphasise those ones… We have challenges, but these are not the constants in the country.”
When further asked if Buhari had been able to wipe out Boko Haram as promised during his campaign, Adesina said it must be noted that his principal made some promises as an opposition figure, and not a government official.
He claimed the terrorists had been technically defeated, but were still active in certain areas on a lesser scale.
He further faulted a claim by a former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, that the abduction and rescue of 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, seemed dubious.
Adesina insisted that Buhari’s credibility is intact.