President Muhammadu Buhari says the government will no longer tolerate threats to peace and unity.
He said this during a meeting with a delegation of the National Council of Traditional Rulers, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the State House in Abuja.
He lauded the traditional rulers for influencing the calmness of the #EndSARS protests, saying the issues raised by the protesters were being addressed.
“I want to once again thank you for the role you all have played to calm down our youths with wisdom and authority.
“By instilling hope and keeping the peace, you have rendered the country great service.
“We cannot allow anybody or group to threaten the peace or sabotage these efforts,” the President said.
The President further told the royal fathers that, “We have heard the loud cries of our youth and children, and we are attending to their concerns.
“Strong, transparent efforts are underway to address those rogue elements of the Nigerian Police Force.
“Simultaneously, the Nigerian Police Force will also undergo the much-needed reform that covers welfare, working conditions and code of conduct that will usher in a more professional workforce.”
While speaking on what he termed as the challenges that come with “our growing youth population,” he said, “There is no hiding place regarding how we should address insecurity concerns, youth unemployment, job creation, boosting industrialisation and preparing for a transition into a digital economy.”
He stressed that the government required the “support and voice” of the traditional institution “to help amplify the message”.
“Your proximity to the people places you in a unique position to communicate and ensure that our response is targeted and impactful in view of your role as guardians of our traditional values and culture,” President Buhari said.
He urged the monarchs not to compromise their neutrality “because this is what significantly confers on you, your moral authority and legitimacy.”
On COVID-19 pandemic, the President noted that economies have been crippled as the response to the pandemic has forced businesses to shut down or devise new means of transacting.