Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Senior Executive Course 37 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS) in Kuru near Jos, Plateau State, the president said that Boko Haram and other such insurgent groups around the country would soon be consigned to the dust bin of history.
While acknowledging that some issues of agitations by some groups and sections in the country could not be dismissed, Mr. Buhari opined that creating employment opportunities would reduce the tension.
He challenged NIPSS to conduct comprehensive study on causes of insurgency and how to build civil capacity to defeat mindless violence.
It was learnt that no fewer than 63 persons graduated as Members of the National Institute (MNI) at the ceremony, bringing the total number of graduates of the prestigious institute since its inception in 1979, to 1,784.
“I want the institute to come up with policies which integrate needs of the vast majority of the populace and not just based on GDP projections”, Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said at the graduation ceremony.
According to the president, “MNI’s end up in their offices after their course of study at NIPPS, without the required enthusiasm to enforce implementation of the policies they made”.
This trend, he said, should not be allowed to continue.
“I think we must encourage ourselves and take ourselves seriously instead of doing this just to take a title.
“The institute will find a way of monitoring members instead of just producing high quality results which just die here.
“Let’s make efforts to see that those who implement policies use them”, he said.
The president said that his administration would support the institute with funding, but remarked that corruption was the bane of the nation’s development.
“What has eluded our leadership is not lack of good policies but strength of character to implement them.
“Our problem is not legislative, but lack of political will and weak legal process – delay in the judiciary and suppression of the entire legal system”, he said.
He, however, said that his administration would address this and other distortions in the system on which corruption of leadership flourished.
President Buhari also called on persons and interest groups within the country to confine themselves within the ambit of the law while exercising their rights to peaceful protests.