Insecurity: Buhari assures decisive action to contain kidnapping, schools disruption

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that efforts have been intensified to deal decisively with issues of kidnapping and disruption of schools by criminals across the country.

Buhari stated this at the National Security Seminar, organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College, (AANDEC) yesterday, in Abuja.

The seminar, with the theme: `Appraisal of National Resilience and Policy Implementation in National Security Management in Nigeria’, was organised in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser, (ONSA) and the NDC.

He warned that the Federal Government would no longer tolerate disruption of the nation’s educational system and economic activities by terrorists, bandits and kidnappers.

Buhari also said that the security of Nigeria and all Nigerians remained a priority of his administration, adding that the government would continue to build a thriving and sustainable economy.

He added that the government would continue to improve access to quality education, enhance social inclusion, as well as excellent infrastructure among others.

The president commended the efforts of security agencies in dealing with terrorism, insurgency, banditry and other security challenges in different parts of the country.

Buhari called on all Nigerians to support the armed forces and other security agencies in the ongoing fight against insecurity, adding that security was everybody’s business.

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, said there was the need to involve the whole of society in the fight against insecurity confronting the nation. Maghashi said that the value of human life had become questionable in recent times, adding that ritual killings and kidnapping had become regular news items while internet fraud had continued to grow among youth.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), in his contribution, said the seminar would examine issues of nationalism, patriotism, and a whole-of-government and a whole-of-society approach to addressing insecurity.

He urged the public to encourage and support the military and other security agencies, saying the unity of the country was primarily driven by collective effort and patriotism.

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