President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that equity and inclusiveness dictated all of his administration’s policy efforts, programs, and even appointments.
He went on to say that no corner of the country had been left out of the benefits of infrastructure, agriculture, and economic support initiatives based on regional differences.
Buhari made the remarks in Abuja when declaring open the first edition of the Progressives Youth Conference, which was hosted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) youth wing and had the subject “The Future Is A Decision.”
The President, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha reiterated that every criminal element that had taken up arms against the peace of the country and its citizens would be brought to book accordingly.
According to him; “So far, all the policies initiatives, projects and even appointments by this administration have 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. What an area lacks in one aspect is compensated for in another.
“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 element that has taken up arms against the peace of the country and its citizens will be brought to book accordingly. I am happy to see that we are beginning to see the results and we keep improving until the country is rid of such divisive elements. “
The President noted that he was pleased to know that the theme of the conference provides an opportunity for creating a movement, while the future is a decision that should be made today.
Buhari noted that the conference was therefore very timely coming up not too long after the membership registration exercise of the party and just before the commencement of congresses starting from the Wards.
He said he was confident that deliberations at the conference would impact on the party’s activities and even trickles down to his administration.
Buhari added that he was mindful of the fact that his administration came into leadership on the back of the victory achieved at the polls by the party on two consecutive occasions.
He stressed that it was therefore pertinent that party members remain bound by the tenets of the APC manifesto and constitution.
The President pointed out that while those documents might not be perfect, they were put together so that elected and appointed members of the party conduct themselves in most responsible manner possible, while implementing and executing policies that are not only beneficial, but fair to all Nigerians
Buhari urged the youths not to despair, nor relent in their joint task of nation building, saying they have no other country but Nigeria.
He said, “It is the responsibility of every one of us to work towards the development and advancement of this country. Let us seize the opportunity to put unpleasant experiences and controversies of the past behind us as we forge a better future for the APC and for our dear country, Nigeria.”