President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday launched the new National Security Strategy with a commitment in enhancing the security of Nigerians as a means of improving their physical security.
The ceremony which took place inside the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Present at the event were, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, Service Chiefs, Heads of Security and Intelligence Agencies and Heads of Para military organizations.
Speaking at the event, His excellence stated the numerous security challenges confronting the nation, made it necessary to come up with articulated, comprehensive and coordinated response that involves all segments of the society and all elements of the national power.
Buhari expressed happiness that the National Security Strategy 2019 is a product of painstaking and rigorous deliberations by relevant stakeholders committed with the task of safeguarding the nation from internal and external threats.
According to him the strategy represents “a thoughtful, strategic and practical expression of our resolve to make Nigeria safe development, investment, growth and prosperity for everybody.
“As we continue to work towards completely ending insurgency in the north east and laying the foundation of sustainable peace and development in the region, we are also addressing conflicts between farmers and herders, banditry and various forms of security challenges. In addition to security, economic diversification and fighting corruptions, our administration priorities for the second term include pursuing improvements in education, healthcare and agriculture.
“These priorities reflect our commitment to enhancing the social security of Nigerians as a means of improving their physical security”.
“I’m happy to observe that the National Security Strategy reflects this thinking with emphasis on overall human security. I’m pleased also to know that the strategy emerged after a long time consultative and participatory process that elicited contributions primarily from our security, intelligence, law enforcement agencies and the armed forces. Other stakeholders such as ministries, department and agencies and the civil society were also contributory to this strategy.
“As such, this strategy will informed government wide and society wide measures designed to promote the public safety and the national security.”
President Buhari further stated that the security is about bottom to top operation, failure at any level will lead to serious lapse in overall security.
He called on all stakeholders from heads of ministries, departments and agencies to see themselves and as stakeholders and partners in the onerous task of securing “our people and to demonstrate unity of purpose in implementing this strategy.”
The President also commended the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Baba Gana Mungonu, and his team for delivering on the document.
He said: “The task that now lies before us is the execution of the strategy and the achievement of a safer and more secured nation. It is a task to which this administration remains fully and unreservedly committed.”