Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that they are doing their possible best to make sure the worsening insecurity in the nation would be a thing of the past and Nigerians would live in peace.
He stated this on Wednesday evening when receiving the Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Adeola Ajakaiye, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement, titled, ‘What we are currently doing to improve security, by Osinbajo.’
While calling for greater community efforts to tackle insecurity, Osinbajo was also quoted as saying that the recent supplementary budget sent to the National Assembly, on enhancing the capacity of the military and other security agencies, is part of the concerted efforts of the Buhari regime to beef up its response to the nation’s security challenges.
The Vice President urged traditional rulers, local and state governments to collaborate with the Federal Government in tackling insecurity.
He said, “The President has recently constituted a committee that will look at the whole security infrastructure with a view to looking at the needs of the military, as well as the police and security agencies.
“The result of that is a bill before the National Assembly, a supplementary bill. The purpose of that bill is to present some of the needs of the military, as well as of security agencies in order to be able to beef up our response to the security challenges.
“We have to keep looking at how to support our (security) services to ensure that our country is safe. I can assure you that soon, the issue of insecurity will be a thing of the past and that we will all live in peace and prosperity in this country.”
He added that the Federal Government is so concerned about the unsettling spate of violence and kidnapping going on and will continue to ramp up efforts towards improving security nationwide; adding that community efforts are also vital in tackling the issue from the roots.
Osinbajo said, “There is no question at all that, at the level of community, we need to take decisive action, because most of these things occur at our community level.
“And I’m very happy to hear that you have a committee organised for the purpose of this (tackling insecurity) and that you’ve been able to contain the menace that we see in different parts of the country in your community.
“Any country with this number of security challenges must respond as robustly as possible.
“But it is also important to bear in mind that it takes a combined effort of all of us, at the local government level, state and federal levels; all of the levels; we need to come together to tackle this issue of insecurity.”
Osinbajo assured the monarch that the Federal Government will provide the necessary support to the community in tackling its challenges, adding that the FG is also working with the Ekiti State government on dealing with insecurity, and other allied concerns.
In his address, Oba Ajakaiye was said to have thanked the VP for listening to their demands and supporting the establishment of a Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences in the community.
Again, as a community, we have come to appreciate you for your diligence, hard work, commitment and loyalty; and that, we from the South West, are very proud of you.
“We want to assure you that we are very much in support of you. From our own end, we are doing a lot to ensure that the menace of insecurity will not remain in our domain,” he said.