President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday that the Federal Government was on its toes to address security issues being experienced in recent times within the country.
The president made the assertion through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who represented him at the opening ceremony of the Catholic Bishops Conference, in Abuja.
President Buhari said: “It is my sincere hope and believe that you will collectively continue to join forces to promote peace, safety and unity across the country.
”The Federal Government will make sure that the perpetrators of violence attacks in the country will be made to pay the price and face the wrath of the law.
”The Federal Government is taking steps and measures to stem the tide of series of security breach in some parts of the country.
“I firmly believe in the relevance and importance of the church in shaping the society through inculcating norms, values and moral principles in the society.
“No doubt the church has no small measure complemented the efforts of the Federal Government in times past and always with prayers.”
Buhari said that Nigerian youths require entrepreneurial skills that would redirect their focus from over dependence on the government and the white-collar jobs in the public sector.
The President further said that with this, the youths would be self-employed and employers of labour.
The president Buhari urged the church not to relent in assisting and training the youths in different skills acquisition.
According to him, Nigeria is indeed blessed with abundant natural and human resources in which most remains yet untapped especially in the steel and mining sector.
The president, however, noted that his administration fully encourages interfaith dialogue amongst various faith with a view to promoting religious harmony and peaceful coexistence.
The former Governor of Abia State, Uzo Kalu, commended the government for the ongoing construction of the Niger Bridge, Enugu-Onitsha and Port Harcourt-Okigwe, Aba-Umuahia expressway amongst others.
“I believe we are on top speed because other places have been constructed as well.
“This administration have done very well despite the three years spent so far even with the economy,’’ he said.
The theme of the four day conference is: `Entrepreneurship Awareness: “What the Church Can Do’’