President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said his administration have made tremendous progress in the war against insurgency since the inception of his administration.
Buhari said this at the graduation ceremony of Course 27 at the National Defence College in Abuja.
Buhari said his administration in collaboration with armed forces of neighbouring countries spared no effort to rid the nation of terrorism, insurgency and associated national security and humanitarian challenges.
Buhari said, “the Boko Haram group was at the height of its infamy and virtually held Nigeria hostage. It constituted a clear and present danger to our corporate existence as a nation.
“After four years of grueling work, I can report the progress that we have made in tackling the security challenges, with the combined efforts of our regional coalition partners, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies, diverse government agencies, national and international development partners as well as local traditional leaders.
“We have spared no effort to rid the nation of terrorism and insurgency and associated national security and humanitarian challenges. I particularly thank the Armed Forces and other security agencies for their patriotic efforts. I also thank all our development partners and foreign governments for their invaluable contributions.”
The President also restated the determination of his administration to promote national security and development.
“We remain committed to promoting a vision of a secure, safe, just, peaceful, prosperous and strong nation. Indeed, we shall be employing all elements of our national and human resources to ensure security, a just society, peaceful co-existence, national unity, prosperity and sustainable development, while promoting our good standing abroad.
Buhari however regretted that in spite of the progress, the Nigerian state is still beset with some existential and fundamental challenges.
“The Boko Haram, for instance, having lost their insurgency campaign, now factionalised and mutated into a new form of terrorist threat’, he said.
He added, “armed banditry and vandalism, kidnapping, pastoralist/farmers conflicts, cultism and political violence have become the new threats. Other issues such as the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, drug trafficking, drug and substance abuse, and communal conflict, all add up to the security mix.
“Furthermore, the state of education, the youth bulge, unemployment, socio-political and ethno-religious divisions, fake news and hate speeches all help to quicken and compound the security challenges,” he said.
Buhari also however commended the graduands for the “hard work they have put in to become worthy of the certificates they have been awarded”
“I congratulate the National Defence College Course 27 graduands and their spouses for your hard work, endurance and deserved success.
The President enjoined them to see their graduation as a call to duty in the service of their countries, stressing that their nations required the newly acquired knowledge for developmental plans.