Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has conceded his inability to end insecurity in the country, a guarantee he made when he was elected in 2015.
In a television address, he said the battle against Islamist aggressors in the north had unintended consequence of spreading brutality to different regions.
President Buhari extended his “heartfelt condolences” to families of victims.
The Boko Haram Islamist group, which started its insurgency in 2009, has stepped up attack as of late.
After his political race in 2015, President Buhari said the group had been “technically defeated” by the military.
However, there have been many attacks in the north-east since the beginning of the year, and various army bases and towns have been invaded by the assailants. Weapons, food and medicines have likewise been looted.
Nigerian president in his address marking Democracy Day on Saturday, President Buhari said the previous two years had seen
“challenges that would have destroyed other nations, especially relating to our collective security”.
Alluding to the attacks and kidnappings that have spread to north-west and focal Nigeria, he said:
“Unfortunately, like most conflict situations, some Nigerian criminals have taken advantage of a difficult situation”.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his sympathies to
“families and friends of our countrymen, women and children who have been the unfortunate victims of such senseless kidnappings and murders”.