He made this comment when he paid a condolence visit to Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta state, over the death of his father.
Jonathan stated that it is unfortunate that schoolchildren and many Nigerians were being kidnapped for ransom.
He called for the federal government and the governors to work together in order to surmount the challenges.
He commended Buhari for his efforts, and asked Nigerians to join hands to make the country safe for all.
“I believe that with the commitment of the governors and the federal government, we will be able to address the issue of insecurity in the country,” Jonathan said.
“I believe that the president himself is not sleeping, and that the governors are not sleeping as well over the insecurity challenge in the country.
“As long as the governors, the president, and all the security agencies can work together, Nigeria will be able to cross over this very ugly phase of societal evolution.”