President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the withdrawal of the military is to allow the force to focus on its primary duty of defending the nation against external aggression as it is the duty of the police to handle internal security since Nigeria is not at war.
A statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, who confirmed the development in Abuja on Friday assured that “the Buhari-led administration will not abandon citizens in need of protection.”
To this end, he urged especially public affairs analysts, to carefully study the statement following a security council meeting with service chiefs that the withdrawal of troops will be done after an “assessment” to determine areas where peace had returned to enable civil authorities to assume full control.
The president reiterated that where it is determined that the withdrawal will not in any way jeopardize peace already achieved, the military pullout will be in a careful and gradual way.
He assured the governors and community leaders who have expressed concerns over the proposed withdrawal of the military from the affected communities that there is no need to worry.
"We will not expose our people and their communities to harm or danger," he said.
He further added that “The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will support the police to provide internal security. When it is time to withdraw, nothing will be rushed."