Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to urgently tackle the country’s challenges head-on with a renewed determination and promising to fulfill the five demands of the #EndSARS protesters, a demand that was submitted in October 2020.
Mr Buhari stated this in his New Year message to Nigerians noting that “2020 indeed came with a lot of challenges ranging from security and economic issues across the regions to understandable protests that were mainly led by our youths and served notice to the demand for police reforms and accountability.”
The Nigerian leader said: “This government heard, this government listened and this government is committed to fulfilling the five demands of our youths, fully understanding that we all wish well for Nigeria.
“In the midst of all these challenges, I had initially pledged that as your elected President and Commander-in-Chief, I would ensure that these ongoing challenges will be faced head-on with renewed determination and with all the appropriateness and urgency required.
“Your voices have been heard and we would continue to listen to you, and all the key stakeholders who are committed to the unity of Nigeria to ensure that every region of this nation is safe for us all, while guaranteeing that the future is also secure for the coming generation.
“As a government we are committed to actively engaging with the creative energies of our young people. In this regard, we will partner with the legislature to develop an enabling environment to turn their passions into ideas that can be supported, groomed and scaled across regions. This will create vast opportunities in fintech, agriculture, business process startups and in the entertainment industry.”
Buhari said the new year will be one his administration will focus on delivering key strategic priorities and reinforcing the hopes of Nigerians.
“The year 2021 will indeed be a year where we will work to reinforce the hopes of fellow Nigerians in the vision of a united and progressive Nigeria. This administration would continue focusing on delivering key strategic priorities under our “SEA” – (Security, Economy and Anti-Corruption) Agenda,” the Nigerian leader said.
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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted at sacking the country’s service chiefs and reorganising the country’s security apparatus and personnel.
In his new year message to Nigerians, the president said the move will enhance the capacity of the military to wage the war against insurgency. For several months there have been calls for the Nigerian leader to sack the country’s service chiefs over increased attacks by bandits and boko haram terrorists.
The call doe the sack of the service chiefs heightened when more than 40 farmers were slaughtered in their farm in Zarbamari in Borno state, the most gruesome in 2020 and in December over 300 schoolboys were abducted in Kankara, Katsina state. The boys were later rescued.
“Re-energizing and reorganizing the security apparatus and personnel of the armed forces and the police with a view to enhance their capacity to engage, push back and dismantle the operations of both internal and external extremist and criminal groups waging war against our communities in some parts of the country,” the Nigerian president said in his new year speech.
“In line with the current security challenges, we are facing as a Nation, I would like to reiterate the promise I made recently when over 300 of our boys abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara were successfully rescued by our security operatives.
“The professionalism shown by our Security Forces and the collaboration from all stakeholders across both State and Federal Governments that led to the successful rescue of the boys is proof that Nigeria has the internal capacity to decisively deal with terror attacks on our citizens.
“However, we recognize that we rapidly have to move to a more proactive and preemptive posture to ensure that these sorts of traumatic incidents do not become a norm.
“Our administration is fully aware of the responsibility we have to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians, and we will not relent in learning and adapting to changing threats to our national security and civic wellbeing,” he said.