The Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, has said that Nigeria will be safer before President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office on May 29, 2023.
Gambari disclosed this on Sunday at the 20th convocation lecture of the graduating cadets of regular course 69 of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.
He reiterated his principal’s commitment to tackling the menace of banditry, terrorism, and other violent crimes ravaging different parts of the country.
According to him, the President is consistently supporting the nation’s armed forces with the necessary and most sophisticated equipment to enable them to perform their constitutional duties effectively.
“It is on record that he has provided the military with sophisticated equipment with which to perform their duty,” he said.
“By the end of his tenure around May next year, Nigeria will (be) a safer, more secured country than when he assumed office as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic.”
While saluting the military for displaying professionalism in defending the nation’s territorial integrity, Gambari said the Federal Government has taken the welfare of personnel a priority.
He equally said the Commander-in-Chief is more concerned about the security of Nigerians, adding that the deployment of ICT has helped the military in confronting some security challenges.
National security, the President’s aide, said is a collective responsibility and as such, Nigerians should not just leave the matter to security agencies.
Gambari’s remarks come a day after President Buhari said his administration has taken steps to address the security challenges across the country.
In his last Independence Day Anniversary address on Saturday, Buhari said he has made “appreciable progress” in core areas of economy and security since he assumed office in May 2015.
He also identified with the pains of millions of Nigerians, assuring them that their resilience and patience would not be in vain.