President Muhammadu Buhari has stated the responses by the Federal Government and security agencies in tackling security threats, have been strong, determined and robust towards enhancing the security of lives and property of Nigerians.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Defence, rtf Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, stated this at the graduation of Course 29 participants of the National Defence College, on Friday, August 13, in Abuja.
He said that the government had embarked on a comprehensive multisectoral and cross-thematic approach; by strengthening existing structures and initiating new security outfits.
Buhari added that the focus of the government was to promote; multi-national, combined, joint and special inter-agency collaborations in their operations.
He said the government also focused on non-kinetic actions centred on humanitarian efforts to reduce the distress of the people and improve human conditions.
According to him, some of the measures include disarmament, demobilisation and rehabilitation as well as deradicalisation programmes, political reconciliation measures and instruments of development intervention.
“Although the nation is still grappling with the challenges of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, farmers and herder clashes and militancy.
“The responses by my government and security agencies in tackling these threats have been strong, determined and robust; in order to enhance the security of lives and property of Nigerians.
“We consolidated the peace in the Niger Delta and recovered vast territories overtaken by terrorists in the North East.
“We are making continuous efforts at consolidating the progress made; in improving the enabling security environment for peace and development,” he said.
The president, however, saluted the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces of Nigeria who daily risk their lives to make the nation safe.
He assured the troops that their sacrifices would not be in vain.
Buhari commended the personnel of the Nigeria police, intelligence and security agencies; as well as local vigilante and community groups for their patriotic and humanitarian sacrifices.
The president said that recent events have shown that, the country yet to be where it should be in the North East; and in some other parts of our dear nation.
He said that all hands will continue to be on deck to make Nigeria a safer place to live.
“In spite of all of these challenges, our faith in the nation is unshaken.
“Our resolve and will to take the nation to greater heights remains strong.
“My government’s collective effort is to leverage technological innovations to deliver the dividends of democracy for national development.
“For the graduands of Course 29, you are graduating at a time when the values acquired in the College are most needed.”