By ANDREW ESSIEN ABUJA
APC Legacy and Awareness Campaign (APC-LAC), a group within the All Progressive Congress (APC) has said that the recent exploits of security agencies around the country has renewed confidence within the body polity as evidenced in the arrest bandits and other criminal elements.
They also insisted that members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who they said have been holding the country by the jugular and turning Nigeria to a killing field, were now being spoken to in the language they understand.
In a statement signed Tuesday in Abuja by the APC national youth leader, Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed, former APC national publicity secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu, Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a media aide to the President Tolu Ogunlesi, said Nigeria will witness more progress on all fronts in the next few months.
The group said “the fear that has gripped the nation in recent times is receding while confidence is being renewed as the security agencies are chasing down the criminals, taking the battle to the bandits, unknown gunmen, kidnappers, and other criminal elements…
“From the South-east to the South-south up to the North-east and North-west, bandits, insurgents, kidnappers and other criminal elements are being given bloodied noses, in fulfilment of President Buhari’s pledge to speak to these undesirable elements in ‘a language they would understand.’
“In the South-east, for instance, members of the IPOB that have been terrorising many communities, razing down public properties including police stations and killing security agents in the process, have almost been completely decimated.
“For the North-west where kidnapping and banditry are prevalent, the gallant troops are giving the perpetrators a hot chase and neutralising them in large numbers. Terrorists in the North-East are also feeling the heat as the military continue to decimate them. We commend our gallant security personnel and call on all Nigerians to support Nigeria’s armed forces for the war against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, abduction and all crimes to succeed in Nigeria.”
According to the statement, the additional security assets under way for the military to boost its operations and ensure the security of lives and property, coupled with the country’s quick exit from recession occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic and the gradual return to normalcy on the economic front, the nation is surely on a steady march towards economic and political renaissance.
On the recent developments in the country, the APC chieftains said: “Things are looking up once again across the Nigerian landscape. In the past few weeks, it has been one success story after the other. The Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is revving up the engine in the areas of security, infrastructural renewal, and the economy. Not even the most virulent critics can pretend otherwise anymore.
“The avalanche of positive stories has brought some palpable sense of hope to Nigerians. The hope is not misplaced. The optics are sterling. President Buhari was physically present in Lagos on Thursday, June 10, 2021 to commission the Lagos – Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail. The inauguration of that huge project is a further attestation to the commitment of the present administration to reinvigorate the rail transportation system, which had been in comatose for many decades.
“Combined with the earlier commissioned Itakpe to Warri rail line, the Abuja to Kaduna rail and the about to commence rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail and Kaduna to Kano Standard Gauge Rail, there is no gainsaying the fact that President Buhari has achieved what many thought impossible.
“one-day visit to Lagos also witnessed the launch of multi-billion-naira security equipment by the President under the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Strategy code-named Deep Blue, to secure the country’s maritime domain and the entire Gulf of Guinea, which have been troubled by pirates and other criminal elements.
“Some of the security assets include two Special Mission Vessels; three Special Mission Helicopters; 17 Interceptor Boats; two Special Mission Aerial Aircraft, 18 Armoured Vehicles, to mention but a few. With the waterways safe for business, the Nigerian economy would be the better for it.
“Yet another big win for this government on the economic front was the long-awaited kick-off of the multi-billion-dollar NLNG Train 7, which was stalled for many years under the PDP administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, but is now given new life by the current APC administration, due largely to the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari. Incidentally, he spearheaded Nigeria’s first foray in LNG business in 1978 as the Minister of Petroleum.
“Under this government, the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, which hitherto operated at a loss, has also moved from a loss of N14.6m in 2014 to N14.3bn profit in 2018, while its turnover improved from N17.8bn in 2014 to N61.4bn in 2018.”