We Must Do Everything To End Insecurity, Buhari Tells NASS


President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s resolve to tackling all forms of insecurity in the country, vowing to deploy all resources to making the West African nation safe from threats.

The Nigerian leader spoke on Tuesday when he hosted members of the National Assembly to a dinner at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja.

‘‘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,” Buhari told the lawmakers while admitting that many people take to crime due to diverse reasons including promotion of some “discredited” ideologies.

‘‘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.’’

Members of the NASS during the dinner with the Nigerian leader in Abuja. Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina

Buhari, who described the National Assembly as ‘‘full partners in national development,” hailed them for building and maintaining a seamless relationship with his administration.

‘‘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,” the 78-year-old was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his media aide, Femi Adesina.

‘‘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.”

Buhari says NASS members are “full partners in national development.” Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina

He lauded them for the passage of some bills including the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), saying they have “succeeded in overcoming the political and other obstacles that have, for two decades, inhibited the much-needed reforms of our Oil and Gas industry, resulting now in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).”

President Buhari admitted that the present administration came into power when the country was facing several issues across board, explaining that resolving these challenges requires hard work from the government.

This, Buhari believes, is the only way to reposition the country.

‘‘This moment in history requires us to make hard choices, take difficult decisions and act with diligence and patriotism to ensure that our country can survive and thrive long after we have all left,” said the Nigerian leader who took over power in 2015.

‘‘What this means in effect is that our jobs will not get any easier. However, the objectives we seek and will work together to achieve, deserve our best efforts regardless of the sacrifice.”