President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that every criminal elements that has taken up arms against the peace of the country and its citizens will be brought to book accordingly.
The President also assured that as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, no effort will be spared in tackling every form of insecurity confronting Nigeria.
Speaking at the first Progressives Youths Conference Monday in Abuja, President Buhari urged the APC youths to cease the opportunity to put unpleasant experiences and controversies of the past behind them, asking them to forge a better future for the party and the country.
Buhari who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, said “So far, all the policies initiatives, projects and even appointments by this administration has been guided by equity and inclusiveness. There is actually no part of the country that has not been impacted positively in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture and economic support initiative based on peculiarities of the regions.
“As you are all aware, we are currently dealing with some internal security challenges and I will like to reassure you that as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, no effort will be spared in tackling them.
“As I have repeatedly said in recent weeks , every criminal elements that has taken up arms against the peace of the country and its citizens will be brought to book accordingly.”
While commending the APC youth wing for organising the even, Buhari told them “never despair, nor relent in our joint task of nation building. Remember, we have no other country but Nigeria. It is the responsibility of every one of us to work towards the development and advancement of this country.”
In his address, Yobe state governor and APC caretaker committee chairman Mai Mala Buni, said the future of the ruling and indeed the country lies with the youths.
“So, we cannot afford to discard the youth in the affairs of the party. We must invest in the youth for a better future for the party and country. Therefore, this conference and theme are both strategic and timely for a prosperous future for the party and our beloved country.
“I am pleased to say that collectively, we have rescued a troubed party that was heading towards ‘mminent collapse and disintegration, to a very strong, Solid, reliable and ever growing political party.”
While urging the youths to work towards the unity and progress of Nigeria, Buni warned the APC youths never to join the “retrogresisive elements.”
“As the most energetic segment of the population, retrogressive elements with evil interests in causing confusion, creating and fanning hate and disunity will always rely on you to achieve such negative and unpatriotic tendencies and to destroy your future. You must resist them. You should never allow yourselves to be used as tools in the hands of these treacherous elements.
In his opening remarks, the APC national youth leader, Barr Ismaeel Ahmed, said the conference was organised based on the need to galvanise the progressive movement in the country.
The youth leader who recalled how President Muhammadu Buhari consistently scored over 10 million votes in the three general elections he participated in since 1999 urged the youths to translate their numerical strength into votes for the APC in the 2023 general election.
Ahmed said there was need, therefore to make the party a party of the youths and women.
“We are going to deliver this party in the future, especially in 2023, 2027 and beyond.”