Fulani Herdsmen/Farmers Clash: Buhari Warns Against Criminal Acts
President Muhammadu Buhari has once again reiterated his mandate to the
security agencies to deal decisively with all acts of banditry and
criminality perpetrated in the name of herdsmen/farmers clashes.
The President said this Friday in his address at the graduation ceremony
of course 24 at the National Defence College in Abuja.
“On the matter of herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, I wish to state that this
Administration will not tolerate or condone acts of banditry and
criminality, under any guise. As such, our security agencies have been
mandated to deal with such acts decisively.
President Buhari also assured that his administration has been working
assiduously in conjunction with local and international partners to
rebuild damaged communities in the Northeast as well as tackle the
underdevelopment and neglect in the Niger Delta area by correcting the
ills of the past and assuaging inherent grievances.
President Buhari told the graduating participants to see their graduation
as significant milestone in their professional and academic pursuits and
challenged them to be at pace with the dynamism in Defence and security.
“Your graduation is the beginning of a very challenging journey. You live
in an era where the pace of transition in research and our socio-political
environment is so fast, that even as I speak, new ideas and concepts are
being introduced, established ideas are being re-defined and research is
opening new fields of learning.
“Your challenge would be to harness the latest defence and security
research as well as extant government policies for the benefit of your
Services, Organizations, and indeed your nations. For the Nigerian
participants, I expect that you would all have made the most of your time
on this course, and be ready to join the ongoing process to change Nigeria
for the better.”
President Buhari described the National Defence College as a symbol of
“the height of military professionalism and excellence in our nation. It
is a place where potential strategic leaders are trained in the procedure
and processes of strategic leadership. It serves as a good platform to
produce leaders that will drive the change direction, which must be
followed if we will keep-up with the 21st century.”
The President also expressed his happiness that Nigerians and the
international community are beginning to have faith in the
Administration's capacity to turn the fortune of Nigeria around.
“International confidence in our country and its future is beginning to
return, because of how we are slowly finding ways to solve our problems.
The nation is beginning to have faith in the ability of our society’s
institutional capacity to tackle our problems. But we must work doubly
hard to restore our nation to higher glory. The Nigerian Armed Forces have
proven to be equal to the task of maintaining our internal and external
He also spoke on on-going efforts to combat corruption, recovered monies
and combatting youth unemployment.
“As part of efforts to address the problem of corruption, we have set in
motion legal processes to recover whatever we can and bring to justice
those who betrayed their trust. Thus far, we have been able to recover
billions of naira from indicted companies and individuals. In addition,
through the implementation and enforcement of the Treasury Single Account,
we have been able to save more for our nation.
“Furthermore, in our fight to end poverty in Nigeria, we have set up
social interventions and reliefs for the poor in conjunction with the
World Bank. In the 2016 budget, we intend to stimulate the economy, making
it more competitive by focusing on infrastructural development and address
the immediate problems of youth unemployment and the terrible living
conditions of the very poor and vulnerable Nigerians,” the President
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