President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Abuja
that significant improvements in national security
remains the topmost priority of his administration
because other socio-economic initiatives cannot be
successfully implemented without adequate security in
the country.
Speaking at an audience with Britain’s Chief of Defence
Staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton, President Buhari
reaffirmed his administration’s determination to end
the Boko Haram insurgency as quickly as possible.
“For a country to be efficiently administered, it must
first be well secured because other social and
economic initiatives cannot thrive in an atmosphere of
“An environment has to be secured before it can be
rehabilitated. Nigeria currently has about 1.5 million
internally displaced persons and they need to be
returned to their homes and brought out of trauma.
“Their schools, hospitals, churches, mosques, farms
and livelihoods have been destroyed by insurgents. If
they are not catered for, the country may lose their
“When Boko Haram is pushed out and the environment
secured, normal life will be restored. That is what we
are determined to do. Other things like farming,
economic activities and social life will then return.
Nigerians are quite enterprising,” President Buhari told
the British Defence Chief.
The President said that Nigeria appreciated Britain’s
support for the retraining of its Armed Forces and
asked for more assistance in other areas such as
logistics, equipment and intelligence.
He also called for more international support for
regional efforts to improve security in the Gulf of
Guinea through which crude oil stolen from Nigeria is
In his remarks, General Houghton said that the Buhari
Presidency was a huge opportunity for Nigeria to make
General Houghton said that he was very impressed with
the progress Nigeria has made in the war against
terrorism under President Buhari and assured the
President that Britain will continue to support the
Federal Government’s efforts to end the Boko Haram
“We will also help to ensure that the causes of
insurgency are removed. Beyond the military
dimension, we are also interested in the stabilization
dimension,” he said.


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