—Nigeria will win the war against terrorism,says PMB
YBTC News—President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will win all war against terrorism. The president said this in his speech read by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, at the 11th Triennial National Delegates Conference held in Abuja, recently. “The Security challenges we are currently facing are not insurmountable. I can report that we are meeting these challenges with much greater support to the security forces in terms of funding, equipment and improved local intelligence. We are meeting these challenges with superior strategy, firepower and resolve,” the SGF said. He added that the conference came at a time that Nigeria needs every sector of the economy to contribute towards nation building as the country moves to the next level and this does not exclude the Labour Unions.
According to him, efforts of the current administration have begun to yield positive results. “The Economy is making a steady progress and our GDP is expected to grow by 2.7 percent this year. Our External Reserves have risen to $45 billion and can finance a number of our foreign commitments,” he said. He said the current administration will “try to create 10 million jobs yearly to continue to boost our economy and make live better for our people. “We will concentrate on Agriculture, Education, Power and other infrastructure, Manufacturing and social intervention schemes. We will promote Good Governance and fight corruption to a standstill.” The president said his administration believes in the welfare of workers and “that is why we have signed the Minimum Wage Bill into Law and implementation is underway.”
Recalled that, President Buhari attended Munich Security Conference Roundtable Discussion in Abuja on 28th June 2019 OPENING REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, DURING THE MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE ABUJA AT THE TRANSCORP HILTON, HOTEL ABUJA 28TH JUNE 2019
I warmly welcome you all to Abuja and to this important event organised by the Munich Security Conference on the eve of the 55th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.
2. I commend the Munich Conference which has overtime, proven to be a valuable and effective platform for addressing contemporary security challenges considering the number and profile of the participants at its fora as well as the relevance of its outcomes to the global community.
3. With the advent of globalization and new technologies bringing nations and peoples closer, and creating new opportunities of interaction and trade, comes significant issues of security. We can see through the increasing number of evil actors, especially perpetrators of organized crime who profit from the illicit flows of assets out of the African continent.
4. In recent years, the challenges posed by illicit outflows of our resources have increased, with attendant sophistication due to the fast pace of technological advancement. Illicit flows have further fuelled terrorism and the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
5. Our sub-region is not only a victim of Illicit financial flows but also of human trafficking, arms and drugs trade with dire consequences on the wellbeing of our people and on national security.
6. It is common knowledge that illicit flows compound the problems of corruption and impede efforts towards sustainable economic growth. This is why, I will continue to take decisive action to fight corruption and confront insecurity especially in the border areas. In addition, relevant agencies have also been mandated to work towards strengthening regional and international partnership to address these threats.
7. To effectively combat illicit flows, it is necessary that we collectively bring adequate resources and reinforce our capabilities to address transnational organized crime, as no government can do it alone.
8. I am aware that one of the key facilitators of transnational organized crime including illicit flows, is the porous nature of our borders. This is a major challenge to our region. In this context, we will continue to count on the support of our international partners for new technologies to effectively police our borders.
9. Here in the West African sub-region we have taken important steps to address some of our security concerns through improved political governance as contained in the relevant regional mechanisms of ECOWAS, which I currently have the privilege of chairing. I therefore , welcome the Munich Security Conference for launching its Transnational Security Report in Abuja today.
10. I am pleased that the launching of this report on the eve of the ECOWAS Summit, offers a unique opportunity to bring together decision-makers and experts to discuss new cooperation approaches to counter the challenges of illicit flows and other transnational crimes.
11. I am confident that your deliberations will produce positive results which will guide us to strengthen our existing frameworks and strategies for durable solutions to our current cross-border security challenges. On this note, I wish you all very fruitful deliberations.
In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has begun consultations for an inclusive stakeholder committee that will thoroughly interrogate issues that fuel communal conflicts across the country, with a mandate to proffering lasting solutions to age-long disagreements that have claimed lives and property.
With particular focus on the Tiv/Jukun relationship in Benue and Taraba States, the President is disturbed by communal clashes that have destroyed many lives and property, altered the destinies of families, and raised the profile of insecurity in the country by promoting generational tensions.
The committee, which will work with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, will include traditional rulers, religious bodies, (specifically the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs), age groups, market/farmer/hunters associations, local and state government officials, and relevant security agencies.
President Buhari believes Nigeria’s cultural diversity remains her greatest strength when properly harnessed and harmonized with a collective vision for unity, peace and shared prosperity, urging more patience as the government identifies and works towards creating more understanding.
The Federal Government has blamed the spate of killings in the country on poor logistics, insufficient weapons and ammunition, indiscipline, poor attitude to duty, and poor welfare among the personnel of the security agencies in the field. Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), said this, recently, in Abuja, while making an opening remarks at an emergency one-day internal security summit to examine, the reality of the current security situation within the country.
According to him, “There are many challenges contributing to insecurity and impeding optimum performance of security agencies. “I will mention a few of them. Notably, there is poor logistics, including weapons and ammunition. While expressing sadness over the development Dambazau further noted: “There is also a general problem of command and control, indiscipline, poor attitude to duty, and poor welfare among the personnel of the security agencies in the field which ultimately impacts negatively on operational efficiency and corporate image of our services. “So much has been happening in terms of criminal violence, specifically rural banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, communal violence, herders-farmers conflict, etc, and of course the number of victims has been increasing. “It is the responsibility of government to protect the lives and properties of its citizens, and we are the very people entrusted with that responsibility by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Of course, we all know that successes have been achieved regarding the degrading and dismantling the activities and structures of Boko Harem in the country, especially in the North East. “But we also know that part of the frustration is that the leadership of this terrorist group has been unleashing suicide missions using particularly the girl-child against soft targets. “We are also aware that post-conflict peace-building is of greater challenge, especially as regards rehabilitation and resettlement of the displaced persons, who are mostly women and children. “The success of our post-conflict peace-building efforts will largely depend on our ability to coordinate and execute reconstruction, rehabilitation, resettlement and reconciliation efforts, including de-radicalization and counter-narrative programmes. “There are indications, according to the minister; “that some of the threats are politically motivated from within the country. Some are induced from outside the country by those who are not comfortable with Nigeria’s potentials.”
Dambazau further noted that government is currently pursuing the implementation of a tripartite agreement for the voluntary return of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon. Nigeria, he said, is also in the process of entering such agreement with Niger and Chad, respectively where there are also thousands of Nigerian refugees. The take off point for tackling insecurity in Nigeria, the minister said, is actionable intelligence, stressing that: “for that matter. We are not dealing with conventional threats, but peculiar threats that are laced with terrorism, sabotage, and efforts to manipulate our society’s fault lines of religion and ethnicity. “There are indications that some of these threats are politically-motivated from within the country: some are induced from the outside of the country by those who are not comfortable with Nigeria’s potentials; while others are as a result of outright criminal acts or violent extremism or both. “Whatever the source of these threats, security agencies must articulate their plans to contain, control and prevent them. “These threats not only undermine democracy, but also slow down our development and growth, thereby impacting on the peace, security and stability of our dear nation,” he said.
Dambazau said ethnic identity, politics contribute to conflicts in Nigeria especially through manipulation of ethnic demographics to cause disunity and promote rebellion against the government. “Currently, there are very large swathes of ungovemed forests that are inter-connected, covering Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Yobe Borno and Adamowa States, serving as sanctuaries for armed bandits and violent criminals. “Over time, these bandits and other violent groups have perfected a pattern of launching indiscriminate attacks on hitherto peaceful communities killing, maiming, abducting, raping and traumatizing scores of defenceless citizens under several guises. “The areas worst hit by these attacks include Birnin Gwari and the adjoin communities, southern parts of Kaduno, large parts of Benue, Plateau, Taraba and Adamawa states. In the last few years, the entire Zamfara state has been reduced to a killing field to our collective shame.
“Other adjoin states such as Katsina, Kogi and Sokoto states have experienced similar carnage from armed bandits. A few other sanctuaries exist, albeit to a lesser degree, across the geopolitical zones from where criminal organization unleash violence on hapless citizens in isolated communities and unsuspecting commuters of our’ vast national road networks. “Particularly, Abuja-Kaduna road and Jos-Riyom axis have acquired notoriety for wanton premeditated killings of innocent wayfarers. “This situation is exacerbated by the inability of vulnerable communities to promptly call for help in the event of attacks,” he said.
Representative of the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Umar Ibrahim, advised security operative not to take sides, urging them to do their job professionally. In the words of the defence minister, “This emergency meeting has been long overdue. The truth has been said and it is left for all the security agencies to wear our thinking cap go back to the drawing board and do what we are expected to do. “There is nowhere in the world that this kind of senseless killings will be going on and security forces will go to sleep. I want us to check this act of killings going on in most part of the country. Please we should not take side, we must do our job accordingly,” he warned.
Also the representative of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshal Olusoji Awomodu said, “the Military is doing a lot and we are at the peak of the situation. We will continue to do our best. “It has been very tough but I can assure you as military men we are ready and always ready to put our lives on the line to ensure that everything is peaceful in this country.”