President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the high level of insecurity across the country is as a result of the successes recorded against terrorists in the North East.
According to him, after being dislodged, some of the criminals have relocated to other parts of the country to terrorize the people.
In his Democracy Day broadcast, the president promised the bandits will also be dealt with.
The president said: “When you elected me as your President in 2015, you did so knowing that I will put an end to the growing insecurity, especially the insurgency in the North East, but the unintended consequences of our scattering them in the North East pushed them further in-country which is what we are now facing and dealing with.
“We will, by the Grace of God put an end to these challenges too.
“Unfortunately, like in most conflict situations, some Nigerian criminals are taking undue advantage of a difficult situation and profiteering therefrom with the misguided belief that adherence to the democratic norms handicaps this administration from frontally and decisively tackling them.
“We are already addressing these obstacles and we will soon bring some of these culprits to justice.
“We are, at the same time addressing the twin underlying drivers of insecurity namely poverty and youth unemployment.”
Buhari also said that his government has in the last two years lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty, even as he expressed optimism that the 100 million target can be met.
According to him, this informed the development of a National poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy, the specific details of which he said, will be unveiled soon.