Ahead of the 2023 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged leaders to respect the people and allow them “to choose who they like as their leaders, irrespective of political party or religion”.
He stated that the people be allowed to choose their leaders from the lowest to the highest “so that it becomes a duty to them (the people) to pay back to the leadership”.
According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while receiving the report of the National Security Summit held on May 26, 2021, by the House of Representatives. The report was submitted by a team of House members, led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Describing the event as “a remarkable occasion,” President Buhari said Nigerians should congratulate themselves for remaining one despite the challenges.
According to him “We are a lucky country and should congratulate ourselves, despite challenges that could have torn us apart.”
He restated his determination to serve the country to the best of his ability, recalling his visits to the 36 States during the campaign for the 2019 elections.
Commending the 9th National Assembly for its cooperation with the Executive, he said he tried very hard to get the 8th Assembly to do same for the sake of the country, “and I didn’t succeed much. But time has proved me right.”
In his remarks, Gbajabiamila thanked the President for endorsing the security summit conducted by the House.
The Speaker said the summit became imperative after lawmakers were bombarded daily by their constituents on the security challenges facing the country, “and motions after motions were moved by the lawmakers”.
Gbajabiamila said the report was a product of inputs by traditional rulers, scholars, independent thinkers, and security chiefs, noting that it contains seven recommendations that require legislative action, and about 19 that will be implemented by the Executive.