We Have Made Tremendous Progress Against Boko Haram: Buhari

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 6 – President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Nigerian Military in collaboration with Armed Forces of neighbouring countries, made tremendous progress in the war against insurgency, since the inception of his administration.

He made this assertion on Friday, 2nd August, 2019 during the graduation ceremony of Course 27, at the National Defense College, Abuja.

He said, “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.” 

He revealed that no effort was spared in the bid to rid the nation of terrorism, insurgency and associated national security and humanitarian challenges. He appreciated the Armed Forces and other Security Agencies for their patriotic effort; the development partners and foreign governments for their invaluable contributions.

He also restated the determination of his administration to promote national security and development. He said, “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.” 

The President however acknowledged that there were prevailing security matters that the administration was battling with.

He continued that, “In spite of the commendable progress, the Nigerian state is still beset with some existential and fundamental challenges. Boko Haram for instance, having lost their insurgency campaign, now factionalised and mutated into a new form of terrorist threat.

“Armed banditry and vandalism, kidnapping, pastoralist/farmers conflicts, cultism and political violence have become the new threats. Other issues such as 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.” 

President Buhari commended the graduands for the hard work they  put in, to become worthy of the certificates they had been awarded. 

“I congratulate the National Defence College Course 27 graduands and their spouses for your hard work, endurance and deserved success. 

“You have gone through the crucible, you have endured short nights and long arduous days, you have passed the test of fire and today is surely your day of glory. Let me specially congratulate graduands from friendly nations for consolidating the bilateral relationships between our nations. Your participation in the course is a further testimony of our national security policy aspirations to promote international peace, friendship and cooperation.” 

The Nigerian 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.

He equally praised the leadership of the National Defense College for keeping the flag flying after 27 years, training senior officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and strategic Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as Military Officers from friendly nations.

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