Democracy Day: Buhari administration has done well, says Osinbajo



The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday took stock of the two years of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and declared that positives results are clear for all to see.

Osinbajo said this in a national broadcast to commemorate the nation’s Democracy Day and second anniversary of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

He recalled that the administration outlined three areas including security, corruption and the economy for immediate intervention on assumption of office.

Although he admitted that the economy had remained the biggest challenge of all, he said the Federal Government had introduced several measures to revamp.

While he also admitted that the fight against corruption appeared slow because of the slow nature of the nation’s justice system, all hands are on the deck to ensure that all stolen funds are recovered and culprits brought to justice.

On security, he said the government’s achievements in the North East where the Boko Haram sect openly challenged the nation’s sovereignty were clear enough for all to see.

Osinbajo said under the present administration, the nation’s military immediately began to put Boko Haram on the back foot, adding that the nation restored broken-down relations with its neighbours, Chad, Cameroon and Niger – allies without whom the war against terror would have been extremely difficult to win.

He added that the government has reorganised and equipped its Armed Forces, and inspired them to heroic feats; and also revitalised the regional Multinational Joint Task Force, by providing the required funding and leadership.

He said, “The positive results are clear for all to see. In the last two years close to one million displaced persons have returned home. 106 of our daughters from Chibok have regained their freedom, after more than two years in captivity, in addition to the thousands of other captives who have since tasted freedom.

“Schools, hospitals and businesses are springing back to life across the Northeast, especially in Borno State, the epicentre of the crisis. Farmers are returning to the farms from which they fled in the wake of Boko Haram. Finally, our people are getting a chance to begin the urgent task of rebuilding their lives.

“Across the country, in the Niger Delta, and in parts of the North Central region, we are engaging with local communities, to understand their grievances, and to create solutions that respond to these grievances adequately and enduringly.

“President Buhari’s New Vision for the Niger Delta is a comprehensive peace, security and development plan that will ensure that the people benefit fully from the wealth of the region, and we have seen to it that it is the product of deep and extensive consultations and that it has now moved from idea to execution. Included in that New Vision is the long-overdue environmental clean-up of the Niger Delta beginning with Ogoni-land, which we launched last year.

“More recent threats to security such as the herdsmen clashes with farmers in many parts of the country sometimes leading to fatalities and loss of livelihoods and property have also preoccupied our security structures.

“We are working with state governments, and tasking our security agencies with designing effective strategies and interventions that will bring this menace to an end. We are determined to ensure that anyone who uses violence, or carries arms without legal authority is apprehended and sanctioned.”

On security, he said the government’s achievements in the North East where the Boko Haram sect openly challenged the nation’s sovereignty were clear enough for all to see.

Osinbajo said under the present administration, the nation’s military immediately began to put Boko Haram on the back foot, adding that the nation restored broken-down relations with its neighbours, Chad, Cameroon and Niger – allies without whom the war against terror would have been extremely difficult to win.

He added that the government has reorganised and equipped its Armed Forces, and inspired them to heroic feats; and also revitalised the regional Multinational Joint Task Force, by providing the required funding and leadership.

He said, “The positive results are clear for all to see. In the last two years close to one million displaced persons have returned home. 106 of our daughters from Chibok have regained their freedom, after more than two years in captivity, in addition to the thousands of other captives who have since tasted freedom.
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