These are not optimistic times for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as his much touted economic reforms will be in jeopardy if the security challenges facing the country are not resolved. And Fast.
President Tinubu said this in Abuja while he was meeting with his top security officers and charging the to expedite action against terrorists and bandits causing chaos and threatening a targeted $1tr economic projection.
The President was speaking after terrorists killed at least 17 people and kidnapped 58 others in three communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State; and suspected Boko Haram members killed a pastor of the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) in Kwari, Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State in a fresh wave of banditry in parts of the country.
That is not all, a different gang of bandits struck in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), abducting seven members of a family and killing a policeman.
Tinubu said while good progress was being made with the elimination of some security threats across multiple theatres, success would ultimately be defined by a final conclusion to the multi-dimensional menace.
The President said: “We have too many investments that we need to make now in soft and physical infrastructure, in social security, in MSME empowerment, and other growth enablers. We are pursuing a $1 trillion economy in the next few years, and our efforts will be undermined if we do not finally wrap up our progressive onslaught against enemies of progress. Be encouraged. The confidence of our people in your capacity is rising, and they are appreciative of the sacrifices of our men and women.
“The success you are recording is undeniable. Nigerians are seeing it, but the avoidable errors, as witnessed recently in Kaduna, are unacceptable and cannot be repeated. I am pleased that coordination between all agencies has dramatically improved over recent months, but there is no room for celebrations until we can end this; until we can bring our troops back to their own localities, and until we can free up resources for our critical economic expansion programme.”
Also speaking, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said his principal asked the armed forces to deliver on his objective to ensure the nation achieves a sustainable production of two million barrels of crude oil per day, including condensates, within the first quarter of 2024.
“I do not play with my intelligence reports. I have multiple lines of sight. The Navy and sister branches must step up their game to achieve our aims for the benefit of all Nigerians. All malign actors will be aggressively uprooted from our midst. Those working against the national agenda from within and without will meet justice. Your task is clear. We will sustain our momentum. Failure is not an option under my leadership,” the President warned.