*Political, religious leaders fueling insecurity, says Buhari
A closely guided secret on the spate of insecurity in the country has been revelealed by President Muhammadu Buhari: Most inter-communal and inter-religious strife and violence were and are still being sponsored or incited by ethnic, political or religious leaders.
The President, in his Democracy Day speech in Abuja, said the leaders were hoping to benefit by “exploiting our divisions and fault lines, thereby weakening our country’’.
The nation is marking its Democracy Day on June 12 for the first time following the signing into law of the Public Holidays Act Amendment Bill by President Buhari on June 10.
He noted that in spite of activities of the saboteurs, the government has remained focused in fulfilling the campaign promises in the areas of security, economy and fighting corruption.
“When I took the oath of office on May 29, 2015, insecurity reigned. Apart from occupying 18 Local Government Areas in the North-East, Boko Haram can at will attack any city including the Federal Capital Territory; can threaten any institution including bombing the United Nations building and Police Headquarters in Abuja.
“Admittedly, some of the challenges still remain in kidnappings and banditry in some rural areas.
“The great difference between 2015 and today is that we are meeting these challenges with much greater support to the security forces in terms of money, equipment and improved local intelligence.
“We are meeting these challenges with superior strategy, firepower and resolve,’’ he said.
The president reiterated the greatness of Nigeria in the comity of nations and the need for every citizen to work towards reclaiming the glory.