Nigeria has been ushered into a
glorious era in spite of prevailing
security and economic
challenges, President
Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday
said.

Speaking at the graduation
ceremony of Senior Executive
Course 37 of the National
Institute of Policy and Strategic
Studies (NIPPS) in Kuru near Jos,
Plateau State, the president said
that Boko Haram and other such
insurgent groups around the
country would soon be
consigned to the dust bin of
history.

While acknowledging that some
issues of agitations by some
groups and sections in the
country could not be dismissed,
Mr. Buhari opined that creating
employment opportunities would
reduce the tension.

He challenged NIPSS to conduct
comprehensive study on causes
of insurgency and how to build
civil capacity to defeat mindless
violence.

It was learnt that no fewer than
63 persons graduated as
Members of the National Institute
(MNI) at the ceremony, bringing
the total number of graduates of
the prestigious institute since its
inception in 1979, to 1,784.

“I want the institute to come up
with policies which integrate
needs of the vast majority of the
populace and not just based on
GDP projections”, Buhari, who
was represented by Vice
President Yemi Osinbajo, said at
the graduation ceremony.

According to the president,
“ MNI’s end up in their offices
after their course of study at
NIPPS, without the required
enthusiasm to enforce
implementation of the policies
they made”.

This trend, he said, should not be
allowed to continue.

“I think we must encourage
ourselves and take ourselves
seriously instead of doing this
just to take a title.

“The institute will find a way of
monitoring members instead of
just producing high quality
results which just die here.

“Let’s make efforts to see that
those who implement policies
use them”, he said.

The president said that his
administration would support
the institute with funding, but
remarked that corruption was
the bane of the nation’s
development.

“What has eluded our leadership
is not lack of good policies but
strength of character to
implement them.

“Our problem is not legislative,
but lack of political will and weak
legal process – delay in the
judiciary and suppression of the
entire legal system”, he said.

He, however, said that his
administration would address
this and other distortions in the
system on which corruption of
leadership flourished.
President Buhari also called on
persons and interest groups
within the country to confine
themselves within the ambit of
the law while exercising their
rights to peaceful protests.

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