President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that insecurity, especially kidnapping and banditry will be over before the end of this year.
Buhari spoke through Minister of Internal Affairs, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the grand finale of the 2022 Olojo Festival in Ile-Ife, Osun, on Saturday,
He also urged Nigerians to be part of the war to end insecurity, adding that they should not leave policing the country to security operatives alone.
He said; “All of us must be concerned about security. The government will play its part; we must work together with security agencies to overcome the challenges of insecurity.
“It is also our responsibility as a people not to leave security of our community for security operatives alone. We must all be vigilant and escalate strange movements in our society. Government is aware of your effort to ensure unity across the country, I must assure you that all forms of insecurity bedeviling the country will be history before the end of the year”.
The president further charged traditional institutions across the country to use their influence to prevail on the youths to embrace farming with a view to tackle food scarcity.
“Kabiyesi, this is full culture in display, I am proud to be here and part of a rich tradition. Well, in ancient times, this festival used to be part of farming harvest, hence, urged traditional institution to impress on the populace to go back to farm. We should embrace hardwork, mix festivity with labour to be productive and efficient”, he said.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, had earlier said he can drive from Abuja to Kaduna without security escort.
He stated this in an interview on Channels TV, adding that the media is exaggerating the extent of insecurity in the country.
Keyamo, who also serves as the spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council, said the activities of Boko Haram has been reduced drastically in the north-east.
He said; “I saw headlines last week saying that I said insecurity has been brought to an all-time low by Buhari. I didn’t say so. It’s still the season of wrong headline. I said what we met on the ground, Boko Haram in the north-east. I was specific and so they quoted me generally to say Boko Haram and insecurity throughout the whole country.
I only said Boko Haram in the north-east, it has not been totally wiped out, but we have reduced this significantly. All the roads that lead to Chibok and Damboa in Borno, they are now passable.”