Buhari seeks lawmakers’ understanding on fight against terror.


With the current re-equipping of the military to boost its morale against terror, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday sought the understanding of the legislature in securing and effectively managing the country.

Buhari at a dinner for members of the House of Representatives noted of the several challenges in managing the country but which could be surmounted with the collaboration of all arms of government.

“I seek your understanding,’’ Buhari appealed.

He told the legislators to think about the consequences of not acting in tandem with the government policies noting that Nigerians were wiser to know those who represent them well.

“There are a lot of obstacles to be crossed. The objectives we have are to secure this country and effectively manage it.’’

A major challenge in the security of the country was the Boko Haram insurgency which the leadership of the country had set clear targets to neutralise.

It would be observed that the military had at the end of the rainy season launched organised attacks on the insurgents which is seen as the outcome of the government’s boost of the morale of the soldiers.

The President, however, observed that his administration discovered that the previous administration expended “billions of naira and hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire military equipment but with several abuses of trust.

“There were abuses of trust and that cost Nigeria a lot of lives and a lot of goodwill’’ he said.

Buhari observed that Nigeria, which had earned reputation in the fight against criminal activities and defence of territories abroad found out that it could no longer defend a few local government areas occupied by insurgents.

He noted that he took the initiative of seeking the collaboration of the international community to be able to win the war against terrorism.

He said the Boko Haram’s attempt to divide the country was a miscalculation adding that their claim to be fighting for Islam was both misleading and working against God.

He said the group was gradually being decimated and were finding it difficult to recruit while the military was doing well.

Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, said that the support of his colleagues would be total to ensure that the government bequeathed something meaningful to posterity.

“What bothers me is the legacy we are leaving behind. After we have exited, what will our children and grand children say about us,’’ he said.

He noted that there was bound to be disagreements between the executive and the legislature, beginning with the handling of the provisions of the 2016 appropriation bill but said the issue would be handled in the interest of the public.

“Your hosting us today shows that there will be a seamless interface between the three arms of government to deliver to the people.

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