Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that the Presidency is saddened by the spate of killings in the country.
He said this on Tuesday while reacting to the Shiite/police clash in the nation’s capital, Abuja, which resulted in the killing of a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, a corp member who was serving with Channels TV and some Shiite members.
When asked “how does the presidency feel?” during an interview on the station’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily, he said: “very very sad”, noting that that primary responsibility of government should be to secure lives of citizens.
“This is our country, we are all citizens, lives should not be taken just anyhow. The primary responsibility of government is to protect lives and property. The Constitution vests the protection of lives and property in the government so when it fails, as we have seen it fail in recent times and particularly yesterday, government will feel it, because it’s not good for anybody”.
Mr Adesina, however, assured Nigerians that regardless of the current security situation, a lot is being done to secure Nigerians and all hands should be on deck.
“A lot is being done but when some people make it seem as if nothing is being done, they are exacerbating the matter.
“Government is doing a lot and these times call for concerted efforts from all Nigerian to beat this insecurity,” he said.