Deji Elumoye in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday broke his silence over the contentious issues of restructuring and true federalism/devolution of power, saying they were constitutional issues which only the National Assembly could handle.
He, however, stressed his belief in devolving more power to the people.President Buhari spoke while receiving in audience members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House, Abuja.
The President said: On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.
I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary. Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has cost the country a lot of pain.
Luckily the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.He assured that efforts were already on to create a more conducive environment to address both direct and indirect causes of challenges including areas of job creation and employment generation, while appreciating religious leaders for their significant roles in national development, particularly in shaping perspectives.
Your role is critical in putting the correct perspective out to Nigerians, he said.On security, the President told the religious leaders that the government was already going after financiers of criminal elements, who also supply them with arms, but were constrained by the strike by Judiciary workers.
According to him, Fortunately, this strike has been called off and prosecution of some of these people would soon commence, while our security agencies expand their network in closing in on the others.
President Buhari assured that the administration remained committed to quickly pushing this dark side of our history behind us and we are currently making sure that funding would not hamper our efforts.
According to him, the last Federal Executive Council meeting approved some funds for the security agencies, which would be put to judicious use.As I mentioned yesterday, in Lagos, we would not relent in our efforts at clearing these criminals from all parts of our land including the forests, he said.
President Buhari said government had the major part to play in providing security, adding: but besides the imperative to abide by democratic processes is the important aspect of support of the citizenry to the security agencies by providing relevant and timely information.
I must confess that I am more pained than anyone can imagine with the on-going security challenges because, like you noted during your meeting, they have increased the hunger, pain and anger in the land, he noted.The President thanked the religious leaders for their patriotism and commitment to ensuring peace and understanding.
His words: I have listened to you and I am particularly happy that your meeting clearly identified specific and major roles for both the Government and the people of Nigeria. This is what has been lacking for some time in the national discourse on addressing our current security challenges.
In their comments, the Sultan of Sokoto, and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) thanked the President for the onerous assignment of leading the country, advising government to fund the armed forces better to confront myriad of security challenges facing the country, block sources of illegal arms, publish names of those funding terrorism and try them.
They also canvassed the recruitment of more policemen, strengthening of the judiciary, tackle unemployment by creating jobs for youths particularly, and on separatist agitations in the country.
The two religious leaders added that: It is in our togetherness that we are stronger.
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