President Muhammadu Buhari has denied allegations of nepotism in his appointments while declaring that all his appointments and policies are premised on “equity and inclusiveness”.
The president made these remarks on Monday in Abuja at a conference organised for youths in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The president has been accused of appointing people mainly from the north — an allegation he debunked.
The president who was represented by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), said there is no part of the country that has not been “impacted positively in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture and economic support initiative based on peculiarities of the regions.”
“So far, all the policies, initiatives, projects and even appointments by this administration have been guided by equity and inclusiveness,” Buhari said.
The president said all those threatening the peace of the country would be dealt with.
“As you are all aware, we are currently dealing with some internal security challenges and I would like to reassure you that as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, no effort will be spared in tackling them,” he said.
“As I have repeatedly said in recent weeks, every criminal element that has taken up arms against the peace of the country and its citizens will be brought to book accordingly.”
Buhari said the youth should not relent in nation building as “we have no other country but Nigeria”.
“Never despair, nor relent in our joint task of nation building. Remember, we have no other country but Nigeria,” he said.
“It is the responsibility of every one of us to work towards the development and advancement of this country.”
Earlier, Ismaeel Ahmed, APC youth leader, said the conference was organised to “energise” a progressive movement in the country.
Ahmed said the APC should be made a party of mostly young people