Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has pledged to continue from where his predecessor, Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), stopped.
The former governor of Osun state said the polices and reforms carried out by Dambazau were in line with the “SET” objectives of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of improving security, economic revitalization and entrenching transparency (SET) in the conduct of government business.
A statement issued by the Director, Press and Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Mohammed Manga, says the minister stated this at a reception in honour of Dambazau in Abuja.
Aregbesola acknowledged that the former Minister had done creditably well, particularly in the area of repositioning the services under the Ministry.
Aregbesola added that the former Minister was able to provide the Ministry with a befitting office complex for the Minister.
He noted that all the reforms and policies that Dambazau initiated while in the office were to ensure the provision of internal security for Nigerians.
The Minister said this would help in improving the economy and ensuring transparency and good governance for the citizens.
Aregbesola said the ministry would collaborate with relevant security agencies through the sharing of information with the view to arresting all forms of security threats.
He observed that there was no meaningful development that would take place without adequate security.
“Therefore, Nigerians must begin to see security as everyone’s business if only the country is to move to the next level of socio-economic development,” he said.
The Minister pointed out that corruption was also a cankerworm that Nigerians must fight headlong, as there is no country in the world that can attain meaningful development with corruption.
“We must together fight this menace and ensure transparency in all our dealings,” he said.
He emphasized that the issue of Security, Economy, and anti-corruption does not begin and end on Buhari’s table alone.
“It belongs to you, me and all Nigerians, We must all join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to address these issues, politics, and sentiments apart,” the statement added.
“We must begin to have a rethink that it is a battle that all Nigerians irrespective of their status in the society must together join hands with the government to do away with them.
“We must together join hands as a team to move the country to the next level.”
Dambazau thanked Buhari for granting him the opportunity to serve, particularly in a Ministry that housed para-military officers.
He said it accorded him the opportunity as a retired military officer to learn more.