Independence speech: Ajulo lauds Buhari, suggests terrorism sponsors be revealed




President Muhammadu Buhari

Dr Kayode Ajulo, a legal practitioner, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence broadcast to the nation, describing it as “inspiring”.

He, however, suggested that sponsors of terrorism be revealed so as to tame the menace.

The president, in the broadcast on Friday, had said that “the recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo (Ighogho), and ongoing investigations being conducted, reveal certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals”.

He added that government was “vigorously pursuing these financiers, including one identified as a serving member of the national assembly”.

Buhari, however, did not reveal the identity of the financiers.

Reacting to this, Ajulo, a former National Secretary of the Labour Party (LP), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it had become imperative that sponsors of insecurity be specifically identified.

“The sponsors should be named, apprehended and made to face the full weight of the law.

“We need to name and deal with them accordingly, within the ambit of the law.

“Since the inception of this administration, have been assured of government’s utmost attention to security, which the Federal Government has vigorously pursued.

“We need to be reassured, hence the need to name and deal with terrorism sponsors accordingly,” he said.​

He said that security agencies must be assisted by all to dominate the nation’s security space against invasion by terrorists and other criminals.

Reacting to the  president’s pledge to expand opportunities for more youths, Ajulo said that youths must be engaged positively as they were the present and future of the nation.

“Youth interventions should be all encompassing; there should be a holistic engagement,” he declared.

The president had acknowledged the youths as “great propellants for today and guarantee for a secured tomorrow.

“It is for this reason that I remain focused on expanding opportunities for their participation in and governance.

“Recent appointments of young people into positions of authority and their track records so far, give me confidence that we need to bring more of them into governance. I promise to do more of this,” he said. (NAN)

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