Nigeria has changed from wholesale in security to a country with relative peace, the Sultan of Sokoto and leader of Muslims in Nigeria, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III has said.
The Muslim leader disclosed this at the Federal Government Town Hall meeting with the theme; Towards effective implementation of the 2016 budget in conjunction with the Alumni Association of the National Institute in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city on Tuesday.
According to him, the Nigerian armed forces have commendably degraded the capacity of the boko haram insurgents in the North East. He however tasked the government to focus on other areas that posed security threats across the country.
“We have seen a change from wholesale insecurity to relative peace as the nation’s armed forces have degraded the capacity of the insurgents. Today, commendably, no local government in the North-East is under the control of the insurgents unlike in the past.
But there is still more work to be done in the area of insecurity given the heightened militant assaults on national assets in the Niger Delta, rampant cases of kidnappings, robberies, assassinations and armed banditry attacks against local communities and even against armed soldiers doing their legitimate security work.”
The Sultan also said government must be aware that the expectations on the part of the mass of Nigerians are legitimately high. “However, there must be emphasis that changes, as desirable as they are, are often difficult to realise”.
“At times, changes also come with difficulties and challenges. We urge that both the governed and the government must come with clean hands.”
He said the authority must know that power is held in trust for the common people of the country.
He charged those in governments to be open minded, flexible and receptive to new ideas as government is all about the people.
“If the mass of the people are groaning and saying they are suffering economic deprivations, those in authority must listen and prepare to initiate policy changes for the betterment of all.
In managing change, government must be open to suggestions and even prepare to do a policy review for the security and welfare of all.”
The Sultan then commended the Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed for initiating the Town Hall meeting which offers opportunities for the citizens to interact with top government policy makers.
He then submitted that the effectiveness of the town hall meeting rests on its impact on the welfare of the citizens.