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I’m pained each time security breech occurs in Nigeria – Buhari

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari has said that he feel pained each time a breach of peace and security occurs in any part of the nation, even more distressed when youths, especially school children, are the targets and victims of mindless and malevolent elements in the society.

He made this known on Friday, while felicitating with Christian brothers and sisters in particular and all Nigerians in general on the joyous occasion of Christmas 2020, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, as Christendom, Christmas season represents joy, peace, hope, love, goodwill and imminent salvation.

According to him, “As a parent, I share the emotional torture and agony parents and guardians go through whenever their children and wards fall into the cruel hands of these enemies of decency and good society.

“I plead with fellow compatriots to give our military and other security agencies more time, cooperation and support by volunteering credible intelligence information on activities of armed bandits, insurgents and other criminal elements within their communities in order to put an end to this blight on our security landscape”, he said.

President Buhari enjoined fellow compatriots to appropriate the hope that comes with Christmas and reinvest trust in this Administration’s determination and unwavering commitment to restore peace, security and prosperity to dear Nigeria.

“Under my watch, the Federal Government will continue to provide the needed support within available resources to the gallant members of our armed forces and security agencies as they confront threats to our citizens.

While I commend them for their efforts so far, I urge them to do more to checkmate increasing incidents of security threats especially in the northern parts of the country as well as the entire nation in varying degrees.

Their display of tact, camaraderie, and expertise that led to the recent return of abducted schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, will remain a milestone in the annals of the country”, he said.

He noted that the various schemes and components of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) are being implemented faithfully to support micro-small businesses.

“I am particularly delighted that artisans, small-time transporters, traders and farmers are the main beneficiaries as we continue to provide safety nets to the most vulnerable members of our society as well as business owners to mitigate the harsh economic environment occasioned by COVID-19.

“In spite of dwindling national revenue worsened by the pandemic, we will do all that is required to fully implement the 2021 Budget of Economic Recovery and Resilience. We are optimistic that all things being equal, we should be able to exit recession at the shortest possible time”.

President Buhari further said that there is indication that the country is already experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 infection. “As we celebrate Christmas with families and friends, I urge all citizens and residents to adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical prevention guidelines of regular hand-washing, wearing masks and social/physical distancing with a view to mitigating the spread of this devastating virus.

“While national and state institutions are trying their best, we must take individual responsibility and resist the strong temptation of compliance-fatigue by following the recommended protocols put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and beat the ravaging pandemic.

“I have absolute confidence in the spirit of resilience of our people to do the needful and remain vigilant even as this festive season witnesses increased travels and celebrations. Staying alive to enjoy future festivals should be the watchword”, he said.


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