President Muhammadu Buhari has denounced what he calls the “undue politicization” of the security situation in the country.
Speaking on Tuesday while receiving promoters of the proposed African security leadership summit at the State House, Abuja, the President said that, regardless of how much the revisionists try to distort the story, “the records show where we were in terms of security in 2015, where we are now and we also know where we want to be “.
Buhari said the administration’s successes since 2015 are clear “and even what remains in the security areas is clear, despite the politicization”.
He praised the summoning plan for a high-powered security summit that will bring together some of the African continent’s leaders, defense officials, embassies and high commissions, defense community leadership in the country and many others.
Speaking directly with the president of the security summit initiative, His Royal Highness, Major General Abdullahi Bagudu Mamman (retired), President Buhari said: “I’m glad you have a lot of experience and know the implications of this powerful conference . . It will be a great test for you and your committee members. It will deal with security, defense and diplomacy professionals. We will do our best to support it. ”
Major-General Mamman (retd), now a traditional ruler, led a team under the auspices of Global Initiative for Leadership Success (GILS), which is organizing the security summit.
He said: “We share in the conviction of the administration to address the problems of the country. At assumption of office in 2015, parts of the country had been acquired by Boko Haram insurgents. Your seriousness and committed efforts have made us to now be able to worship in peace. Boko Haram has been truly degraded, and other forms of criminalities are being addressed.”
The royal father added that the summit, to hold possibly sometime in October, is being convoked “to involve the entire security architecture in Nigeria, and it will be under the theme, ‘Sustaining the Security Renaissance of Nigeria.’
The event will also feature honours and awards for those who have excelled in the area of security, “because we need to reward the commitment of our heroes.”
An endowment fund will also be launched to cater for families of those who pay the supreme price, and to care for those permanently maimed.