PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has warned that his administration will leave no effort unexplored in tackling current internal security challenges facing the nation.
He said this on Monday in the wake of rising insecurity in the country being perpetrated by organised criminal gangs, stressing that those involved would be arrested and brought to book.
The President, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said he would not rest until those he described as “divisive elements” were overpowered.
He spoke in Abuja while declaring open the Progressives Youth Conference, organised by the Office of the National Youth Leader in the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.
Buhari said, “As you are all aware, we are currently dealing with some internal security challenges and I will like to reassure you that as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, no effort will be spared in tackling them.
“As I have repeatedly said in recent weeks, every criminal element that has taken up arms against the peace of the country and its citizens will be brought to book accordingly.
“I am happy to see that we are beginning to see the results and we keep improving until the country is rid of such divisive elements.”
He urged party members to adhere to the tenets of the APC manifesto and constitution.
The President said, while these documents might not be perfect, they were put together so that elected and appointed members of the party would conduct themselves in the most responsible manner possible, while implementing and executing policies that were not only beneficial but fair to all Nigerians.
He said, so far, all the policy initiatives, projects and even appointments by his administration had been guided by equity and inclusiveness.
Buhari noted, “There is actually no part of the country that has not been impacted positively in the areas of infrastructure, Agriculture and economic support initiatives based on peculiarities of the regions. What an area lacks in one aspect is compensated for in another.
“On a final note, I implore you all to never despair, nor relent in our joint task of nation building. Remember, we have no other country but Nigeria. It is the responsibility of every one of us to work towards the development and advancement of this country.”
“Let us cease the opportunity to put unpleasant experiences and controversies of the past behind us as we forge a better future for the APC and for our dear country, Nigeria,” he added.
Chairman of the CECPC and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, said his committee had been able to rescue a troubled party.
“I am pleased to say that collectively, we have rescued a troubled party that was heading towards imminent collapse and disintegration, to a very strong, solid, reliable and ever growing political party,” he said.