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You need to do more in tackling crime and insecurity, Tinubu tells service chiefs

President Bola Tinubu says the nation’s security chiefs must intensify their efforts to rid the country of insecurity and criminal elements.

In a statement issued by Ajuri Ngelale, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Tinubu undersored the importance of security to the growth and development of the nation.

According to the statement, the president spoke on Friday during a security briefing at the State House, Abuja.

Tinubu noted that the security agencies have achieved progress in eliminating security threats in the country but more needed to be done.

He added that their efforts would go to waste if there is no final victory.

“We have too many investments that we need to make now in soft and physical infrastructure, in social security, in MSME empowerment, and other growth enablers,” the statement reads.

“We are pursuing a $1 trillion economy in the next few years, and our efforts will be undermined if we do not finally wrap up our progressive onslaught against enemies of progress.”

Tinubu urged the security chiefs to keep up the fight, saying they have won the trust of Nigerians who are appreciative of their sacrifices.

“The success you are recording is undeniable. Nigerians are seeing it, but the avoidable errors, as witnessed recently in Kaduna, are unacceptable and cannot be repeated,” he added.

“I am pleased that coordination between all agencies has dramatically improved over recent months, but there is no room for celebrations until we can end this; until we can bring our troops back to their own localities, and until we can free up resources for our critical economic expansion programme.”

The president also tasked the armed forces to deliver on his objective to ensure the nation achieves a production of two million barrels of crude oil per day, including condensates, within the first quarter of 2024.

“I do not play with my intelligence reports. I have multiple lines of sight. The Navy and sister branches must step up their game to achieve our aims for the benefit of all Nigerians,” he said.

“All malign actors will be aggressively uprooted from our midst. Those working against the national agenda from within and without will meet justice. Your task is clear. We will sustain our momentum. Failure is not an option under my leadership.”

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