President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his commitment to ending insecurity in Nigeria.
The Nigerian leader made the pledge on Tuesday during the conferment of national awards to 490 recipients in Abuja.
“The President restated the commitment of the Federal Government, under his leadership, to root out all forms of banditry, criminality, terrorism, and insurgency in the land,” a statement by Femi Adesina, media aide to President Buhari, read.
“He reaffirmed his solemn pledge in the Independence Day address to the nation of handing over a Nigeria that is free from insecurity to the next generation of leaders.”
During his Independence speech, Buhari lamented the rate of insecurity in the country, saying he shares the pains of those affected by the development.
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“As we continue to de-escalate the security challenges that confronted us at the inception of this administration, newer forms alien to our country began to manifest especially in the areas of kidnappings, molestations/killings of innocent citizens, banditry, all of which are being addressed by our security forces,” he said during the October 1st speech.
“I share the pains Nigerians are going through and I assure you that your resilience and patience would not be in vain as this administration continues to reposition as well as strengthen the security agencies to enable them to deal with all forms of security challenges.”
Buhari also said his administration has put in measures to stem the tide with improved funding of security agencies.
“At the inception of this administration in 2015, I provided the funding requirements of the security agencies which was also improved in my second tenure in 2019 to enable them to surmount security challenges. We will continue on this path until our efforts yield the desired results,” the President added.
“As we put in place all measures to ensure that Nigeria takes her place in the Comity of Nations, we recognize the importance of a well-educated populace as a panacea to most of the challenges we face.”