States and local governments to been told to revamp their intelligence assets so that the Security Agencies can nip in the bud any planned attacks in remote rural areas.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari gave this order during a nationwide broadcast to mark the 21st Democratic governance of the nation. It was as a result of the June 12, 1993 elections believed to be the freest and won by Chief M. K. O. Abiola but annulled by the Ibrahim Babangida junta.
He expressed regret on recent sporadic incidents with tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno States as a result of criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions. Security Agencies will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to swift justice. There has been an increased record of banditry, kidnapping and insurgency.
According to him, Government has expanded the National Command and Control Centre to nineteen states of the federation, resuscitated the National Public Security Communication System and commenced the implementation of the Community Policing Strategy.
“We have restored peace in the Niger Delta Region and maintained our oil production levels. Furthermore, I am determined to ensure that development meant for the people of the Niger Delta get to them so I have authorized a Forensic Audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission”.
President Buhari said his administration is focused on ensuring that Nigeria would always be governed by the Rule of Law and I would do his utmost to uphold the constitution and protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.
Government, he hinted has initiated a number of policies and programmes designed to promote the legal rights of Nigerians, facilitate the institutionalization of a responsive legal system, provide support to all constituted bodies in implementing their mandates and improve our custodial system of justice.
He commended the Press for their doggedness in the struggle for attainment of democracy since the beginning of our nationhood.
“I must admit that the relationship between the media and successive governments has not always been perfect. But there is no denying the fact that you have been an effective watchdog for the society especially in holding public officers to account. It is sad that in the course of securing our democracy, some of your colleagues have had to pay a heavy price”, the President said.
- Eniola Olatunji.