The Nigerian government has resolved to fight terrorism and corruption to a standstill.
President Mohammmadu Buhari stated this in his remarks at the 2016 annual Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria.
He stated that the role of government at any level is to guarantee security and freedom of worship to its citizens.
The President, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, described himself as a friend of the conference and assured citizens of the country of the security of their lives and property as well as their rights, which include freedom of worship.
“The role of a responsible government is to ensure the safety of lives and property and also to ensure that people can worship wherever they choose, in peace. We would ensure that everyone, whatever their faith or ethnicity, enjoy equal rights and equal protection,” President Buhari said.
He said his administration will continue to fulfil the promises it made to Nigerians, said terrorism and corruption must be purged as the resources God has blessed the country with, were for the benefit of all Nigerians.
President Buhari said a system would be put in place, such that anyone who holds a public office would be accountable to Nigerians.
“We cannot afford governments that are corrupt at any level because the resources that are meant to satisfy millions of Nigerians are consumed by only a few that’s why we must hold our government accountable; corruption is a crime against humanity. It is a sin and we want to emplace a system, where anyone who holds public office is held to account for whatever he does in such an office. We must also rise to condemn the activities of terrorists, who believe in hatred. We must condemn their acts because when they detonate a bomb in Adamawa, Borno or Yobe, it doesn’t select who to kill.” Buhari stated.
In his remarks, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria Bishop Ignatius Kaigama thanked the President and the Vice President for moving Nigeria forward; as he pledged that the church shall continue to pray for them and the country.