President Muhammadu Buhari had said the issue of Insecurity is amassing an unfavorable impact on the nation’s growth and economy.
The President noted this in his new year speech, noting that the nation is on a harrowing journey to nationhood and greatness.
He described the issue as a challenge the nation is facing, which has caused setbacks as the destruction of private and public ventures usually accompany the act.
Buhari, who decried violence in the country, noted that communities had been affected most. He said the peace which the community usually enjoy are usually threatened. He said the issue had caused the nation setbacks in critical points.
“The persistence of various forms of violence has meant that in the most affected parts of the country, the fabric of inter-communal harmony woven through years of investment of effort at building trust, mutual respect, and peace has been threatened.
“Insecurity as a challenge has direct repercussions on our national economic stability, growth, and development, setting us back at critical points through the destruction of public and private investments.
He said despite the government’s efforts to better the lives of its citizens, the cases of violence are hampering the quality of life of the citizens.
“In parts of the country where chronic poverty, social exclusion, and disillusionment among sections of the youth were already a problem, the cycles of violence that have been unleashed by mindless groups like Boko Haram and others have thwarted the efforts of the government to undertake the social policy and associated investments that could make a huge difference in the quality of life of our citizens.”
The President, however, assured that he is committed to dismantling the operations of both internal and external revolutionaries and illegal groups who are distorting the peace of communities and the nation at large.
According to him, his regime is “re-energising and reorganising the security apparatus and personnel of the armed forces and the police with a view to enhancing their capacity to dismantle the operations of both internal and external extremists and criminal groups waging war against our communities in some parts of the country.”
“In line with the current security challenges we are facing as a nation, I would like to reiterate the promise I made recently when over 300 of our boys abducted from Government Science Secondary School,governmentwere successfully rescued by our security operatives.
“The professionalism shown by our Security Forces and the collaboration from all stakeholders across both State and Federal Governments that led to the successful rescue of the boys is proof that Nigeria has the internal capacity to decisively deal with terror attacks on our citizens.”
The President noted further that his administration is embracing new techniques in handling Nigeria’s security challenges.
“However, we recognise that we rapidly have to move to a more proactive and preemptive posture to ensure that these sorts of traumatic incidents do not become a norm. Our administration is fully aware of the responsibility we have to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians, and we will not relent in learning and adapting to changing threats to our national security and civic wellbeing,” he said.