President Bola Tinubu has given the assurance that his administration will stamp out Boko Haram, banditry and kidnapping, disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the country.
Tinubu gave the assurance in Abuja while speaking at the unavailing of books entitled: ‘Working with Buhari: Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015-2023), written by Femi Adesina, former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the former president, Muhammad Buhari.
According to the President, his administration would not rest until `every agent of darkness` was rooted out of the country.
“My government will stamp out the remaining vestiges of Boko Haram, banditry and kidnapping gangs.
“We won’t rest until every agent of darkness is completely rooted out,” Tinubu said.
Tinubu however commended Adesina for using his memoirs to reveal the challenging eight years of the Buhari administration and how he navigated the ship of state.
He explained that Buhari assumed office at a very difficult period of our national life when the economy was spiralling into recession and Boko Haram had taken over some territories in the North-East.
“At a point, it appeared that even Abuja, the seat of government would fall into the hands of Boko Haram with the bombing of the United Nations (UN) Building, Banex Plaza, Nyanya and other locations.
“We cannot easily forget how our armed forces battled the Boko Haram terrorists under the leadership of Buhari to reclaim our territory and push them to the fringes of Lake Chad where they no longer pose an existential threat to our sovereignty.
“I must say the job of securing every inch of our country is yet to be finished“, the President said.
According to him, despite what Adesina recorded in his books as Buhari’s achievements, history would also be kind to him as a leader who promoted local production of goods to grow our economy.
“It will be said glowingly of President Buhari that his eight turbulent years, marked by an acute shortage of revenue, the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the global economy for almost two years.
“His administration embarked on the most ambitious infrastructural renewal for the country.
“Buhari gave us the second Niger Bridge, he revamped the Lagos-Ibadan expressway among others,” he added.
Tinubu also recalled that Buhari completed the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, and the Lekki Seaport, as well as built brand-new airports among many other landmark projects.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the President added that whatever unresolved challenges faced by Buhari in his eight years, his administration would endeavour to resolve them.
“As I said during the campaigns, I inherited all his assets and liabilities.
“Our administration will continue to work from where President Buhari stopped, to make our country better, create a vibrant economy and secure the environment to bring more prosperity to our people,” he said.
However, among the important dignitaries who graced the occasion was Gen. Yakubu Gowon, former Head of State, who served as the chairman of the occasion, while the co-chairman was Gen. I.B.M Haruna, among other dignitaries.
Similarly, a royal delegation from Saudi Arabia led by Prince Abdulaziz Bin Faisal Al Saud also attended the book lunch, while Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Chairman, of Oriental Energy Resources Limited, was the chief launcher.
However, the book was reviewed by Shola Oshunkeye, CNN African Journalist of the year 2006.