Buhari launches national security roadmap


President Muhamamdu Buhari Wednesday launched the 2019 National Security Strategy document to address the multiple security challenges facing the country and its people.

The document was launched by the president at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Speaking at the event, the president said the present administration was committed to improving security education and health to make life more meaningful to the citizens.

He said the numerous security challenges confronting the nation made it necessary to come up with articulated, comprehensive and coordinated response that involves all segments of the society and all elements of the national power.

The president said the National Security Strategy 2019 is a product of painstaking and rigorous deliberations by relevant stakeholders committed with the task of safeguarding the nation from internal and external threats.

“It’s a thoughtful, strategic and practical expression of our resolve to make Nigeria safe development, investment, growth and prosperity for everybody. 

“As we continue to work towards completely ending insurgency in the north east and laying the foundation of sustainable peace and development in the region, we are also addressing conflicts between farmers and herders, banditry and various forms of security challenges.

“In addition to security, economic diversification and fighting corruptions, our administration priorities for the second term include pursuing improvements in education, healthcare and agriculture.

“These priorities reflect our commitment to enhancing the social security of Nigerians as a means of improving their physical security. I’m happy to observe that the National Security Strategy reflects this thinking with emphasis on overall human security.“I’m pleased also to know that the strategy emerged after a long time consultative and participatory process that elicited contributions primarily from our security, intelligence, law enforcement agencies and the armed forces.

Other stakeholders such as ministries, department and agencies and the civil society were also contributory to this strategy.“As such, this strategy will informed government wide and society wide measures designed to promote the public safety and the national security,” he said.

The president said security is about bottom to top operation, and that failure at any level would lead to serious lapses in overall security. He called on all stakeholders to see themselves as partners in the onerous task of securing “our people and to demonstrate unity of purpose in implementing this strategy.”The president also commended the National Security Adviser, Maj. General Babagana Mungonu, and his team for delivering the document, stressing that the task that now lies head is the execution of the strategy and the achievement of a safer and more secured nation.