I inherited bombs and a nation in distress in 2015 – Buhari

I inherited bombs and a nation in distress in 2015 – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari claims he inherited a nation at a crossroads with bombs going off in Nigerian cities when he took office in May 2015.



The President at the passing-out parade and commissioning ceremony of cadets of Regular Course 69 of the Nigerian Defence Academy Thursday in Afaka, Kaduna State, however, added that his government had been successful in curbing insecurity in the country.


“When this government came in 2015, we inherited a country at crossroads; with bombs going off with frightening frequency even in our cities…We came in to manage the crisis,” he said.






The President gave the cadets a challenge to emulate the spirit of social cohesiveness they gained at the NDA; while urging them to serve as unimpeachable role models for society; adding that they were born at a time of growing challenges to international security.



A total of 239 cadets in all, including those from sister African nations; including Uganda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Niger Republic; as well as Chad graduated from the Academy as enlisted soldiers.


The service chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan were among the dignitaries in attendance.



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The major challenge that has been faced by the Nigerian government for more than 10 years is insecurity and this has led to the loss of lives and property, Buhari said.



The attacks have taken the form of the bombing of churches, schools; as well as police stations using improvised explosive devices (IEDs); shooting of innocent citizens mostly using AK47 rifles; abduction of school pupils and adults; destruction of oil facilities, and the bombing of rail tracks; as it happened on March 28, 2022, in Katari, Kaduna State.





There were also instances of destruction of crops, large-scale burning of residential buildings; as well as kidnapping of passengers travelling on the road for ransom.



As a result of the security challenges, many citizens have been rendered homeless and many children have become orphans without any hope for the future. Apart from the above, national growth and food production have been adversely affected by insecurity.

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