Buhari disclosed in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the nation’s 61st independence on Friday that over eight hundred thousand Boko haram terrorists have surrendered in the Northeastern part of the country.
The Nigerian Armed Forces have recruited over 17,000 personnel across all ranks to support our surge approach to fighting banditry. Furthermore, I have also approved the Nigerian Police Force to recruit 10,000 police officers annually over the next six years.
I am also pleased to note that most of the Air Force platforms we acquired over the past three years have arrived in Nigeria. These will positively impact our security operations in all parts of the country.
In line with section 14(2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the security and welfare of Nigerians will continue to be the prime focus on which programmes and projects of our government revolve.
Therefore, as a Government, we are ready to arrest and prosecute all persons inciting violence through words or action. Our resolve for a peaceful, united and one Nigeria remains resolute and unwavering.
That said, our hope is not to fight for peace. We can permanently settle our grievances peacefully without spilling any blood.
I will therefore take this opportunity, on this particular day that symbolises the unity and oneness of our great nation, to ask all Nigerians to embrace peace and dialogue, whatever your grievances.
The seeds of violence are planted in people’s heads through words. Reckless utterances of a few have led to losses of many innocent lives and the destruction of properties.
Such unfiltered and unsubstantiated lies and hate speeches by a few evil persons must be stopped. Our media houses and commentators must move away from reporting irresponsible remarks to investigating the truth behind all statements and presenting the facts to readers. We must all come out and speak against the lies being peddled.
At this point, I would want to sincerely appreciate a large number of our Traditional, Religious and Community leaders and other well-meaning Nigerians who, in their various fora, are openly spreading the message of peaceful co-existence and conflict settlement through dialogue in their respective communities.
Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable. And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all come together with a common goal of having peace and prosperity for our nation.