President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, noted that Nigeria has been lucky to have remained one entity despite the challenges it has had to contend with.
The President spoke Tuesday at State House, Abuja while receiving the report of the National Security Summit held on May 26, 2021 by the House of Representatives.
The report was submitted by a team of House members led by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
“We are a lucky country and should congratulate ourselves, despite challenges that could have torn us apart,” he said.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari urged Leaders to respect the people, from the lowest to the highest, “so that it becomes a duty to them (the people) to pay back to the leadership.”
According to him, respect for the people, should come in allowing them “to choose who they like as their leaders, irrespective of political party or religion.”
Describing the event as “a remarkable occasion,” Buhari restated his determination to serve the country to the best of his ability, recalling his visits to the 36 States during the campaign for 2019 elections.
The President said: “The number of people that turned out to see me, some waiting for 10 hours in the sun, was more than anyone could buy, or force.
‘’They just wanted to see who this Buhari was. People wonder why Nigerians accept me, despite not being rich. I wonder, too. I felt I just have to serve Nigeria and Nigerians to the best of my ability.”
Commending the 9th National Assembly for its cooperation with the Executive, he said he tried very hard to get the 8th Assembly to do same for the sake of the country “and I didn’t succeed much. But time has proved me right.”
Gbajabiamila thanked the President for endorsing the security summit conducted by the House, adding: “You were part of it from the very beginning, and you were to have declared it open, if not for the exigencies of duty.”
The Speaker revealed that the summit became imperative after lawmakers were bombarded daily by their constituents on security challenges “and motions after motions were moved by the Lawmakers.”
A Committee of 50 Lawmakers, across party, religious and ethnic lines, he said, was set up to plan the summit, “and Mr President was very eager and enthusiastic about it, showing the importance you place on security”.
Gbajabiamila disclosed that the report was a product of inputs by traditional rulers, scholars, independent thinkers and security chiefs, noting that it contains seven recommendations that require legislative actions and about 19 that will be implemented by the Executive.