President Buhari seeks more support for security agencies

Aisha John-Mark, Abuja

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Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari has solicited more support for security agencies in Nigeria, as they battle the challenges confronting the country.

He made the call in Abuja while addressing the National Executive Committee meeting of the governing party, the All Progressives Congress APC.

Similarly, the Nigerian leader commended Governors elected under the platform of the APC for also doing well in conducting the affairs of their states.

We must support our Security Agencies to safeguard our country so that the job of development as outlined in our Manifesto can proceed without too much interruption Mr Chairman, Members of NEC, great credit is due to our APC State Governors for stabilizing the country and to our Armed Forces, Police and other Security Agencies for stopping Boko Haram in its tracks and driving them from their bases. No country, however well secured, can prevent isolated acts of terror as we have seen in America, Europe, Asia and here in Africa, he said.

Commenting on the performance of his party, the APC, President Buhari said the party has stabilized the nation and has recorded a lot in less than three years, adding that the economy has thrived very well under the APC administration.

He said: Mr Chairman, Members of the National Executive Committee, we cannot afford to fail to remind Nigerians where we came from in 2015. I am happy to report that slowly and steadily we have managed to stabilize the country and re-direct the ship of the State. 

We have restored prudence to the management of public finances. Confidence in Nigeria has been restored. On February 23rd, Nigeria issued 12 year and 20 year Eurobond on the international market, which were both oversubscribed. The 12 year bond was within days subscribed by 332%. The 20 year bond was subscribed by 372%.

We have stabilized the Naira, increased our foreign reserves from US$20 billion to US$40 billion. Inflation rate is down. With considerably less resources available to the country, we have improved all indices towards a stronger economy.

Furthermore, President Buhari, who commended the leaders of the party for steering the ship very well, also told the APC NEC that the party is now the most popular in Nigeria.

Let me record my appreciation to the party leadership in Abuja and the States for their stewardship of the Party Affairs. In particular, may I commend our Chairman, His Excellency Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, for steering the Party from success to success; from our resounding victory in 2015, to gubernatorial elections in Kogi, Edo and Ondo as well as much improved showing in Anambra elections.

APC is the Party of Government and now the Party of the Nigerian people, he said.

He thanked Nigerians for massively supporting the party but urged the APC not to relax because there are greater challenges ahead.

Above all, we must pay tribute to the Nigerian people. They still massively support the government in spite of distractions from exponents of “business-as-usual”. Nevertheless, I am not asking us to relax and take things easy.

As we all know, elections are looming on the horizon, we must therefore get our acts together. Accordingly, I implore all members of the Party to give the Asiwaju Committee full cooperation to resolve differences existing amongst our members in the States affected.

It is perhaps inevitable that there would be differences of opinion within the Party. If we didn’t have differences we wouldn’t be a genuinely democratic Party, the President advised.

The President said Executive will continue to collaborate with the legislative arm of government in order to move the country forward.

The stand-off between the Executive and the National Assembly slowed the process of government. We are working hard to resolve the differences so that the country can move forward, he said.

 

 

Aisha JM