President Muhamamdu Buhari has lauded his administration for being the only in Nigeria’s history to implement a solution to the long-age herder/farmer conflicts worsened by desertification and demographic growth.
Buhari said the National Livestock Transformation Plan and putting ranching at its core is the only way to deplete the competition for resources at the core of the clashes.
He noted that some state governors wanted to politicise the establishment of ranches, but the disputes have dramatically reduced.
The president added that the war against terror by his administration has today drastically reduced as terrorists are close to extinct as a military force. He explained that in 2015, Boko Haram held territory the size of Belgium within the borders of Nigeria.
Buhari also reaffirmed that a Nigerian Airforce airstrike eliminated a leader of ISWAP in March, noted that the jets acquired from the US and intelligence shared by the British were not provided to previous administrations and stand as a testament to renewed trust re-built between Nigeria and our traditional western allies under my government.
“Terrorists no longer hold any territory in Nigeria, and their leaders are deceased, and vast infrastructure development sets the country on course for sustainable and equitable growth,” Buhari stated.
He urged the same international partners to take additional steps, costing them nothing by proscribing the IPOB as a terrorist organisation.
“Their leadership enjoys haven in the West, broadcasting hate speech into Nigeria from London, spending millions lobbying members of the US Congress, and freely using international financial networks to arm agitators on the ground.
“This must stop,” the president declared.
Speaking on corruption, President Buhari assured Nigerians that his government would leave the country in a better place than it met it.
He added that corruption is less hidden, for Nigerians feel empowered to report it without fear, and stolen monies are now being returned.