Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that Nigeria has had enough of the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.WHY?
He said the government had mandated Security agencies to end the problem. “On the matter of herdsmen/farmers clashes, I wish to state that this administration will not tolerate or condone acts of banditry and criminality under any guise. As such, our security agencies have been mandated to deal with such acts decisively,” Buhari said at the graduation of members of Course 24 of the National Defence College (NDC), Abuja.
He said his administration was committed to tackling underdevelopment and neglect in the Niger Delta.
“This is a priority we have set before us and we intend to make appreciable gains in correcting the ills of the past in the Niger Delta by assuaging inherent grievances,” the President said, adding that government had worked in conjunction with local and international partners to rebuild damaged communities in the Northeast.
His words: “You will recall that on being sworn-in on May 29, 2015, I outlined core areas of our national life that require intervention, some of which I will like to reiterate here today.
“First, we should seek to secure the country, improve the economy and fight corruption. As it is, this is our unfinished business from the past and dates back to the creation of our republic, yet to this day, corruption and poverty remain our main national problems.
“As part of efforts to address corruption, we have set in motion legal processes to recover whatever we can and bring to justice those who betrayed their trust. Thus far, we have recovered billions of naira from indicted companies and individuals.
“In addition, through the implementation and enforcement of the Treasury Single Account, we have saved more for our nation.”
Buhari said to end poverty, the government “has set up social interventions and relief for the poor. Data is being collated by the Economic Planning Office of the Vice President in conjunction with the World Bank.
“In addition, through our 2016 budget, we intend to stimulate the economy, making it more competitive by focusing on infrastructural development, delivering inclusive growth and prioritising the welfare of Nigerians.”
The President pledged his commitment to the fulfilment of his electoral promises to Nigerians, although he said the task was not easy.
“We are, however, not under any illusion that this task is an easy one. But we have put our trust in God, knowing that with hard work and sound vision, we will triumph.”
He said the budget, besides helping industry, commerce and investment to pick up, would address youth unemployment and the poor living conditions of the people.
“We, therefore, reckon that to tap our opportunities, we need a philosophy of transparency and accountability in governance. The other core areas we need to improve are the rule of law and moral standards in government and society in order to provide a solid foundation for good governance so that our gains are not dissipated by corruption.
“Good governance must be based on a sound moral foundation, a philosophy of transparency, accountability and an ethic of effective implementation. Already, our unrelenting fight against criminality and corruption in governance is a clear testament that we intend to address these problems.”
Buhari spoke of the determination of his administration to bequeath a new orientation in leadership to the nation and the realisation of its promises to the electorate.
He said the National Defence College was a unique institution, which empowered the military with the highest level of skills in management practices and governance for the development of institutions.
Said he: “We are pleased to learn that the blueprint of training at this college has kept pace with our security environment. In this vein, you will be pleased to note that in the last one year, through the hard work, dedication and sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces and security services, we have degraded the capacity of Boko Haram insurgents to wreak havoc on our society.
“As strategic leaders, you must remember that our Armed Forces have been the torch bearers of many of our non-military innovations. I am therefore very happy to hear that the graduating course has undertaken a higher defence management and strategic research on the topic “Youth Bulge in Nigeria, Implication for National Security”.
One hundred and thirty officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Immigration Service, National Defence College, Defence Intelligence Agency, Department of State Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prisons Service, Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Commission participated in the course. Seven foreigners took part.
The event was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, among others.