I Will Not Tolerate Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes, Buhari Declares
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said that his administration will not tolerate any acts of banditry and criminality under the guise of herdsmen/farmers clashes.
Buhari, who spoke at the National Defence College, Abuja, said that the security agencies in the country had been mandated to adequately deal with such act as it was capable of truncating the peace of the country.
Clashes between herdsmen and farmed had resulted in many casualties across the country.
According to the President, "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," he further said.
The president also expressed his commitment to tackling the issues of underdevelopment and neglect in the Niger Delta area.
"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," he added.
Buhari said steps were being taken to rebuild the insurgency ravaged north east.
"Let me state that this administration has been working assiduously in conjunction with our local and international partners, to rebuild damaged communities in North East part of our country."
Buhari said the fight against corruption and recovery of stolen funds would continue.
According to him, billions of Naira from individuals and organizations have been recovered.
He reiterated his pact with Nigerian upon his assumption of office, saying he was still committed to securing the country, improving the economy and fighting corruption.
He said: "You will all recall that on being sworn into office on 29 May 2015, I outlined certain core areas of our national life that require immediate intervention, some of which I would 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 the problem of 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 been able to recover billions of naira from indicted companies and individuals. In addition, through the implementation and enforcement of the Treasury Single Account, we have been able to save more for our nation.
"Furthermore, in our fight to end poverty in Nigeria, we have set up social interventions and reliefs for the poor, and already, 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 prioritizing the welfare of Nigerians.
"We believe that this budget, while helping industry, commerce and investment to pick up, will as a matter of urgency, address the immediate problems of youth unemployment and the terrible living conditions of the very poor and vulnerable Nigerians", he said.
Buhari commended the successful graduates and urged them to employ high level of professionalism and technical competence in their career.
He said: "We know that the National Defence College is a truly unique institution, one which we believe, has empowered you with the highest levels of skills in management practices of present day administration and governance for development of our institutions.
"We are also very pleased to learn that the blueprints of training at this College have kept pace with our current 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 our armed forces and security services, we have been able to degrade significantly, the capacity of Boko Haram insurgents to wreck 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". As we seek to solve the myriad of social and political problems we will look closely at your recommendations.
"As you graduate, I urge you to set for yourselves befitting goals and having done so, utilise your technical competence, skills and hardwork to realise it. I compliment all of you, especially the award winners, for achieving this personal milestone which I hope is a sign of things to come."
The graduation ceremony featured a total of 130 graduands drawn from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce and Nigeria Police, Nigeria Immigration Service, National Defence College, Defence Intelligence Agency, Department of State Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigerian Prisons Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and Federal Road Safety Commission.
Seven foreign nationals were among the successful graduates.
In attendance were the Chief of Defence staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff,Vice Admiral,Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar among other officers and dignitaries
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