Insecurity: Armed Forces doing better than before, Lawan says

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday hailed the efforts of the Armed Forces as he said they are doing better in restoring security to parts of Nigeria.

Lawan said this when he hosted a delegation from Adamawa State in his office in Abuja to show appreciation to the National Assembly for converting Modibbo Adama University, Yola, into a conventional university that can run medical programmes alongside social and management sciences.

The delegation was led by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed and the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdullahi Lima Tukur.

Lawan spoke on the security and economic challenges in Nigeria and said the spate of insecurity across states was gradually being reversed.

“Those of us in positions of leadership today are probably more challenged than any set of (previous) leaders. We need to pray, but we also need to act, work hard and apply ourselves fully and work committedly to ensure that we serve Nigerians.

“Nothing is impossible. This situation of insecurity is gradually being reversed. I am particularly happy with recent developments by our Armed Forces. They are doing better than they were doing before.

“I’m sure that the economy will also start to improve, and we will get out of recession that we entered last month.”

However, Lawan said the conversion of the university was the outcome of a collaboration between the Legislature and the Executive arms of government.

The Senate President said the Ninth National Assembly would be judged fairly by Nigerians for its pro-people legislations, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which slowed the country’s development pace.

His words “I will take this opportunity to commend Mr. President for assenting to that Bill. This is what we call Cooperative Governance. We work with the Executive to ensure that the Nigerian people benefit from democracy.

“We have set our eyes on our target of making Nigeria better and making Nigerians safer. What matters to us is what we are able to achieve at the end of the day.

“History will judge us very fairly, and without sounding immodest, I will like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Ninth National Assembly.

“The Ninth National Assembly has achieved so much between 2019 till date for the benefit of this country, despite the pandemic. And the secret is unity and harmony.

“We have achieved unity amongst ourselves in the National Assembly environment between the Senate and the House and, of course, we have achieved harmony in the work between the National Assembly and the Executive. That’s the essence of governance, anyway.

“When we need to disagree, we will do so. But if we have no reason to disagree, we will not do that because we want to please anybody,” he said.

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