We’ll work harder on national security – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday pledged his administration’s commitment to work harder in enhancing the country’s security, saying unless the country is secured, it cannot be governed.
Receiving representatives of trade associations from the 36 states and the FCT led by their National Coordinator, Prince Paul Ikonne, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Buhari said: ‘‘These efforts are part of our campaign slogans on security, the economy and the fight against corruption and on security, it is common-sense that unless the country is secured it cannot be governed.”
The president welcomed the group’s appreciation of government’s efforts in providing and improving critical infrastructure, especially roads and railways to ensure ease in movement of goods and services.
‘‘The best people to comment on the achievements of this administration in terms of security are people who come from the Northeast where they used to share their local governments with Boko Haram, get ambushed and dispossessed.
‘‘Today, we are all witnesses to the commendable efforts of government on security,’’ the president was quoted in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina.
He reaffirmed that his administration would sustain the delivery of quality infrastructure across the country for investments and businesses to thrive. He pledged to continue to do his best to ensure that the country is safe and secure for everybody. He also took note of some major observations by the traders including illegal seizure of good by agents of government, harmonisation of taxes and charges and the need for timely completion of rail networks connecting ‘‘South to North, North to the East and East to the West.’’
In his remarks, Ikonne praised the Buhari administration for instituting policies that are friendly and encouraging to traders, artisans and farmers. He declared the association’s support for the fight against corruption.