Nigeria’s president is urging people to “avoid panic” and “remain calm” in the wake of warnings by several Western countries of possible terror attacks in the country.

US, UK, Canada, Ireland and Australia have advised their citizens against travelling to Nigeria, and ordered all non-essential diplomatic staff to leave.

Muhammadu Buhari downplayed the threat – saying security forces and citizens should stay “vigilant and careful”.

He added Nigerians’ safety remains the “highest priority of government” and “security agents are proactively rooting out threats to keep citizens safe “.