Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media advisor, agrees with The Economist, a UK-based journal, that Nigeria’s insecurity has worsened since the ex-military dictator was elected as a civilian president in 2015.

In a statement responding to the report, the president’s media stated that “these (insecurity challenges) had come to a head under President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.”

According to the journal, Nigeria has become a crime scene of epic proportions on the African continent under Mr Buhari’s leadership, with terrorists and armed bandits running rampant as a result of Mr Buhari’s corruption and indifference to the victims of every horrific attack.

While acknowledging that insecurity has reached new heights and is spiraling out of control, Mr Shehu defended Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, describing him as more deliberate and pragmatic than previous governments.

“Yet they do so,” the presidential spokesman stated, “because for so long, under prior governments, whether military or democratic, difficult decisions have been avoided and difficulties never fully answered – with the result of abetting these threats and allowing them to fester and grow.”

“Only the Buhari administration has endeavored to examine the fundamental causes of the herder-farmer conflicts and develop long-term remedies in over a century.”

A Nigerian Air Force plane was shot down in Zamfara in July, and the bandits raided the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna the following month.

Despite Mr Buhari’s acknowledgement that bandits have terrorized the country, his administration has been hesitant to label them as terrorists because they have yet to declare a political or religious goal, which is a requirement for a movement to be designated as a terrorist under international regulations.