Emefiele made the plea while answering questions at the end of a two-day monetary policy committee meeting in Abuja. He noted that there is interconnectivity between security and economy.
The apex bank Governor also revealed that the federal government is expecting 12 fighter jets from the United States of America to help fight insecurity in Nigeria. According to him, six of these fighter jets are coming to the country in the month of July and August.
“If you want an economy to grow, the level of insecurity must be low because if there is a high level of insecurity like what we see today, the economy will suffer.
“Efforts are now targeted at southeastern and northeastern parts of the country. About three years ago, the federal government and the United States signed a pact that resulted in a government to government acquisition of military equipment.
“Out of which, we are expecting 12 fighter planes that would help us solve our insecurity. I am aware that six of them are coming to the country in the month of July and August.
“I, therefore, would like to appeal to our brothers, who decide that they want to live in bushes and forests that they should please, begin to retreat, drop their arms and come and embrace the anchor borrowers’ programme.
“If they do so, it will help them; if they choose not to do so, they will be confronted by the security as this battle continues.
“I am optimistic before the end of the year, around the year of the end, the security challenges confronting the country will substantially abate.”