On Monday, President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) stated that no one administration is capable of tackling all of the country’s problems. He stated that the only way out was for subsequent administrations to build on the foundations built by prior administrations.
Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, addressed at the Nigerian Bar Association’s State of the Nation Dialogue in Abuja.
“I will say no one government in this country will be able to solve the problems of Nigeria but as we build on the processes laid by successive governments, not discarding completely what has been put in place; we will build our dreams, take one or two things to concentrate on and move on.
“We believe the outcome of this dialogue can be transmitted to us so that whatever resolutions are reached, whatever recommendations you make; that will become part of the document that we will prepare as we transit and handover to a new incoming government,” he said.
Speaking on the country’s security, former Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase stated that the difficulty in Nigeria is not so much the crime rate as it is the prosecution of criminals to act as a deterrence to others.
While applauding the majority of presidential contenders for vowing to ramp up recruitment into the nation’s security services, Arase pointed out that technology must work in tandem with numerical strength to keep the country secure for everybody.
Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, urged for the inclusion of youths and women in Nigeria’s drive for national development in her keynote presentation.
“Nigerian women constitute only 3.6 per cent of the national parliament. My appeal is to prioritise gender equality, women’s rights and increase the number of women in government,” she partly said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau, blamed lawyers for some of the ills plaguing the society and urged Nigerians to forgive the past and look forward to a new nation where lawyers would be the champions of good governance, justice and development.
“I must therefore, as one who is privileged to lead the Bar at this time, apologise to Nigerians for the abdication of our role. Today, as members of the Bar, we are reputed more for how much fees we charge our clients as opposed to the discharge of our primary call to offer guidance and/ or offer ourselves for the advancement of the cause of our country,” he said.