- Security remains top of the Buhari-led administration's agenda, VP Yemi Osinbajo has said
- According to the vice president, the federal government is ready to embark on cooperation to better the lives of all citizens
- Osinbajo added that several private sector organisations and individuals are keen to contribute in one way or the other to funding law and order in the country
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is considering a government of national unity ahead of his second term inauguration on May 29.
Leadership reports that the vice president spoke at an induction programme organised by the Nigerian Governors Forum ( NGF) for new and returning governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that Osinbajo said he has the president’s mandate to say that the federal government stands ready to embark on this historic all-party cooperation to better the lives of all our citizens.
It would be recalled that some prominent Nigerians and the NUT have called on the president to form a government of national unity in his second term.
Osinbajo also stated that one of the very critical things that the National Economic Council (NEC) would have to do in its next meetings is to look at how to have more effectively fund security. According to him, this has to be collaboration between states, the federal government and the private sector.
He told the governors that several private sector organisations and individuals are keen to contribute in one way or the other to funding law and order and security infrastructure in the country.
Stating that security remains top of the administration agenda, Osinbajo said the law and order challenges in the northeast; incidents of attacks by herders and frequent clashes between herders and farmers have stretched the capacity of the law enforcement agencies considerably.
He restated the commitment of the administration to recruiting more men and women into all the security agencies and improving their capabilities to maintain law and order.
He said: “At our discussions at NEC, we have recommended more effective collaboration with state governments; a major plank in that collaboration is community policing. This involves more practical collaboration between the citizens, civic groups, traditional institutions and the Police.
“As Mr. President has said, maintaining security is the first order of business for us as chief security officers at the federal and state levels.
"We must work together and seek even more creative ways of making our country completely safe for its citizens. I must commend the excellent support that Governors have been giving the police and Armed Forces posted to your various states. I know that large amounts of money are voted practically every month in support of law enforcement and security."
The vice president said the challenges that confront Nigerians in the next few years, especially in the areas of human capacity development notably education, healthcare and jobs for young people, are monumental and historic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, April 24, presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja.
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