President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will continue to do its best to earn more respect among the comity of nations and that government will focus on building on the successes the country has recorded in the last one year.
President Buhari made the remark at the graduation of participants of Course 24 of the National Defence College Abuja, where he was the special Guest of Honour.
“I am happy to state here that our nation has made tremendous progress in the last one year towards taking her rightful place in the comity of nations. We hope to continue to build on this progress in the coming years, so as to ensure that Nigeria will maintain the enviable height it has achieved thus far,” he said.
President Buhari then urged citizens of the country to be hardworking because projecting the country’s image is a task all Nigerians must resolve to carry out.
“International confidence in our country and its future is beginning to return because of how we are slowly finding ways to solve our problems, but we must work doubly hard to restore our nation to higher glory,” he advised.
The President, who praised the efforts of the military in tackling the boko haram menace in the North-East zone of the country, said they have proved to the world that they are capable of handling any form of civil disturbance.
“The Nigerian Armed Forces have proven to be equal to the task of maintaining our internal and external Security,” President Buhari stated.
He directed security agencies to deal decisively with any form of banditry or uprising in any part of the country.
President Buhari used the occasion to again highlight the tripartite agenda of his administration, which includes security, fight against corruption and economic development, stressing that corruption and poverty are the main problems that must be surmounted.
He said government is poised to give the country a new phase of leadership that will be service driven and committed to the realization of its promises to the electorate.
Earlier in his address, Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade said the college has developed international standards in delivering its mandate.
“In line with its mandate, the college has developed institutional capacity in related fields such as international peace and security, national security and development as well as peace and conflict studies. Indeed the college is now the ECOWAS designated training centre of excellence for strategic level peace support operations in collaboration with the United Nations department of peace keeping operations,” he stated.
The Commandant revealed that the college will soon undertake a research on herdsmen/farmers crisis as directed by ECOWAS.
“It is against this backdrop that ECOWAS recently tasked the college to research into the herdsmen and farmer conflict in West Africa, with a view to finding solutions to the emergent internal security challenges, before they get out of hand,” Rear Admiral Alade revealed.
Commandant of the college later inducted the 130 grandaunds as fellows of the college, while President Muhammadu Buhari presented certificates to them, with some of them carting away prizes in various categories.