President Muhammadu Buhari says that Nigerians are lucky and should congratulate themselves, despite challenges that could have torn the country apart.

The President spoke, while receiving the report of the National Security Summit held on May 26, 2021, by the House of Representatives.

The report was submitted by a team of House members, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Respect for the people, according to the President, should come in allowing them to choose who they like as their leaders, irrespective of political party or religion.

Describing the event as a remarkable occasion, President Buhari restated his determination to serve the country to the best of his ability, recalling his visits to the 36 States during the campaign for 2019 elections.

Commending the 9th National Assembly for its cooperation with the Executive, he said he tried very hard to get the 8th Assembly to do same for the sake of the country, but he didn’t succeed much.

In his remarks, Mr Gbajabiamila thanked the President for endorsing the security summit conducted by the House, adding that the summit became imperative after lawmakers were bombarded daily by their constituents on the security challenges facing the country and motions after motions were moved by the lawmakers.

According to him, a total of fifty lawmakers, across party, religious and ethnic lines was set up to plan the summit.

Mr President was very eager and enthusiastic about it, showing the importance you place on security.”

Mr Gbajabiamila said the report was a product of inputs by traditional rulers, scholars, independent thinkers, and security chiefs, noting that it contains seven recommendations that require legislative action, and about 19 that will be implemented by the Executive.

Bello Wakili