By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
President Muhammadu Buhari has reitrated the commitment of his administration to the safety of lives and property of Nigerians.
As the Cimmander-in – Chief, Buhari stressed that his primary responsibility remains the security of the country and safety of all citizens.
Despite the challenges festering the nation, the President assured that his government will secure the country, its infrastructure, highways, communities, forests and lives of the people.
Consequently, the President disclosed that he has charged the Inspector General of Police to leave no stone unturned in rebuilding the morale of his officers and men, especially in the aftermath of the mindless violence associated with the EndSARS protests, as well as the recent spate of attacks on Police Stations in some parts of the country.
The President made the assertion in a remark Thursday in Lagos during the presention and handing over of newly acquired Security equipment and assets to the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Police Command by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Police College, Ikeja.
Further, he warned that the Federal Government will act firmly and decisively against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on the Police Force and other security personnel”
“As Commander-in-chief, my primary responsibility remains the security of the country and the safety of all citizens. Despite the many challenges we are facing, I want Nigerians to rest assured that we will secure this country and we will secure our infrastructure, our highways, our communities, and our forests. Also secure the lives of our people.
“ We are well aware of the fact that lasting security is a necessary foundation for business, investment and true prosperity”
“This is why we have demonstrated, and continue to demonstrate, our commitment to comprehensive Police reform in Nigeria”
He noted that, Indeed, no Federal Government since 1999 has been as committed as his administration, to reforming and repositioning the Nigeria Police Force and national policing architecture.
“In 2019, I signed into law the Act establishing the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, the first in the history of the Force, to provide guaranteed funding to support Police welfare, logistics and equipment”
“In September 2020, I assented to the Bill amending the Nigeria Police Act, which was originally enacted in 1943”.
He stated that, this new Act, a vast improvement over the old one, among other things spells out the modalities for the implementation of a National Community Policing Scheme in Nigeria.
“This new scheme will build confidence within our local communities and make them active stakeholders in the safety and security of their environs”.
He added that the Federal Government is currently recruiting 10,000 new Police officers to reinforce its personnel capacity across the country.
“ I have directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to carry out an upward review of Police Salaries and Benefits”
“ Let me also use this opportunity to commend the leadership of the Force for the reforms being implemented in the area of Police Pensions”, he stated.
He further added that, ” “Even as they strive to improve Police welfare and capacity, we equally have our expectations of them.
“First let me commend the Inspector-General of Police and the entire Force for the recent efforts to restore peace to troubled parts of the country”.
“I have charged the Inspector-General to leave no stone unturned in rebuilding the morale of his officers and men, especially in the aftermath of the mindless violence associated with the EndSARS protests, as well as the recent spate of attacks on Police Stations in some parts of the country”
Buhari posited that a nation that turns its Police personnel and infrastructure into targets of violence and destruction is a nation on the path of self-destruction.
“We will act firmly and decisively against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our Police Force and other security personnel”
“Let me also use this opportunity to reiterate that my directive to security agencies, to shoot any person or persons found illegally wielding AK-47s and other assault weapons, remains in place”.
“As Commander-in-chief, my primary responsibility remains the security of the country and the safety of all citizens. Despite the many challenges we are facing, I want Nigerians to rest assured that we will secure this country and we will secure our infrastructure, our highways, our communities, and our forests. Also secure the lives of our people” PMB said.
To effectively accomplish this goal, however, he President said, ” We require the support of all stakeholders, including the other tiers of government, and non-government actors like traditional, community and religious leaders, the private sector, civil society organisations, and citizens themselves.
Security is a collective effort, and credible intelligence, which is a necessary ingredient for preventing and fighting crime, cannot be obtained without the full cooperation of citizens and communities.”.
He commended the Lagos State Government in its efforts in the area of reinforcement and support for the security agencies in the state.
” Once again, let me commend Lagos State for what you are doing in the areas of reinforcement and support for the security agencies in the state.
Let me also commend all of the private sector partners who have risen up to the challenge and partnered wonderfully with the State Government in its ongoing battle to quell the upsurge of crime and insecurity in the state.
It is my hope that this public/private sector partnership will be an example to others to demonstrate similar acts of generosity and responsibility”, Buhari emphasised.