President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a delegation to Adamawa and Borno States to condole with the governments and people over the increased bombing activities by Boko Haram terrorists.
He also appealed to the citizens to share in the responsibility for security in their surroundings.
The President, who spoke through the leader of the delegation, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engineer Babachir David Lawal, directed all communities in the country to revert to old practices by which new arrivals in their neighbourhoods were taken note of by local chiefs and security agencies.
Buhari, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, recalled that the practices worked well in the past in securing neighbourhoods and local communities.
He said: “The ward head, the village head and the local police knew every new entrant into the community. They kept tabs on them and detected traits of criminality before evil-doers get the chance to act against common interest. We must go back to those rudimentary acts of local policing,”
According to him, the job of securing life and property is too important to be left to security officials alone.
“We must help them to do their job. The responsibility of detecting criminals lies with all of us. In this new phase of the war, all of us are generals, all of us are foot soldiers, all of us are intelligence officers,” he said.
Commiserating with families who lost dear ones and the inpatients in the hospitals visited by the delegation on his behalf, President Buhari assured them of the full support of the government and the determination of his administration to end the menace of the Boko Haram terrorists by the year’s end.