President Muhammadu Buhari says development is usually the first casualty in an unstable polity.
He made the declaration on Wednesday, when he received President Adama Barrow of The Gambia at State House, Abuja.
He said: “The best route to national development is stability. When a country is not stable, you spend most of your financial resources on security. That is the money that should have gone into education, infrastructure, and generating employment for the people, particularly youths.”
President Buhari congratulated President Barrow for stabilizing The Gambia after his emergence, sequel to the impasse caused by his immediate predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, who initially refused to vacate office, after losing the Presidential election in December, 2016.
On his party, the Gambian President thanked President Buhari for the role Nigeria played in helping his country return to the path of constitutional democracy.
He also congratulated the Nigerian President on his emergence as the new Chairman of ECOWAS, noting that he was the first foreign leader to visit Abuja after the development.
Meanwhile, Mr. Barrow is expected to be the guest speaker of the 26th graduation ceremony of the National Defence College, Abuja.
Mr Borrow during the lecture will deliver a paper on the “practice of democracy currently taking root across Africa as well as the role of the military in the growth of democracy in Africa.”
According to the Press officer of the Gambians President, Mr Angie stated that, Borrow’s visit would further deepen the friendship and brotherliness between Nigeria and Gambia, as members of the ECOWAS especially as Anglophone West Africa.
The Gambians president first visited Nigeria as Head of State in January, during which he was conferred with the honorary citizenship of the city of Abuja by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration.