President Muhammadu Buhari mets with Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Monday where they discussed national issues most especially security challenges facing the country and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the closed doors meeting, the senate president described the deliberation as fruitful, saying Nigerians troubled areas would in the two months have their environment secured to enable them engage in agricultural activities and other businesses.
The senate president said that he meet with Mr. President, to discuss the issue of security of our nation. And in fact, there is nothing more important today or more topical, than the security of the nation.
“We have discussed, we had a very extensive discussion on the security of all parts of Nigeria, and how we should go about improving the situation, we all have roles to play.
“Nobody would like to see the kind of thing that we experience in various parts of the country in the form of insecurity. As political leaders, we cannot shy away from that, we have to get our people secured, we have to secure the environment for them to earn the means of livelihood.
“We would like to see our farmers go back to farms before the rainy season starts. And this means we have to secure the rural parts of Nigeria as well as the urban centres because we need businesses to flourish.
“So, I believe that between now and probably the next two months, there will be a lot of activities to ensure that we secure the environments for people to lead a very normal life, where we also believe that the government is headed in the right direction”.
Lawan also commended the National Economic Council (NEC) for approving some funds from the Excess Crude Accounts (ECA) for the procurement of more sophisticated weapons and security gadgets for the armed forces.
“This is a commendable effort and we are ready to help with appropriation to ensure that we acquire those weapons for the armed forces to fight and end this insecurity in the North East, in the North West, in the South-South, and South West as well, he said.
“We believe that this is also going to help empower and build the capacity of other security agencies like the police because the police are supposed to maintain the internal security and make sure there is law and order”, he added.
On the ongoing forensic audit of the NDDC, the senate president stressed the need to sanction all those implicated in wrong doings by the audit reports.
“I agree with Mr President, that we have to end the forensic audit to ensure that everything is done properly and the report is submitted to him.
“And it is very important that whoever is found wanting should be treated with full justice so that it will serve as a lesson to others, because NDDC should have transformed the Niger Delta into a better environment than what it is now,” he said.
The Senate President finally praised the Buhari’s led administration for working to revamp the economy in line with its campaign promises to Nigerians.