President Buhari has stated that his administration is prepared to do everything in its power to remove insecurity in the country and bring criminals to justice.
‘‘Insecurity, manifesting as insurgencies, banditry, abduction, and urban crime of all kinds is the single most challenging task we face today,” the President stated at a luncheon with members of the National Assembly held at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja on Tuesday, July 13.
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He voiced concern that insecurity had hampered the government’s capacity to build infrastructure, deliver much-needed social services, and attract investments that would spur innovation and job creation.
‘‘Some of the people who perpetuate these various manifestations of insecurity do so for profit, others, in the name of discredited ideologies. Whatever their motivations may be, their actions are an existential threat to our country.
In the circumstances, we must do everything within our power, without consideration of distractions, to put an end to their activities and bring them to book.
We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from this objective, or waver in our commitment, and I am confident that together we will triumph in our present efforts,’’ he said
President Buhari also took the opportunity to praise the ninth National Assembly for carrying out their legislative responsibilities with maturity and skill, characterizing them as “full partners in national progress.”
He praised the minority parties in the assembly in particular for their collaboration and support for government initiatives.
‘‘Our ability to govern in the best interests of the Nigerian people depends to a great deal on effective collaboration and partnership between the Legislature and the Executive.
‘‘The obligation to check and balance each other is not an invitation to conflict, and it should not be characterised by quarrelsome disagreement when consultation, engagements and compromise have proven time and again to be a more effective approach.
‘‘In the 9th Assembly, you have distinguished yourselves by your conduct in office, by the scale and quality of your legislative interventions, and by your capacity for engaging with the difficult questions facing the country with maturity and competence,’’ he said.