President Muhammadu Buhari says there is no development without stability, as development is usually the first casualty in an unstable polity.
The President made the declaration on Wednesday when he received President Adama Barrow of The Gambia at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“The best route to national development is stability,” he said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. “When a country is not stable, you spend most of your financial resources on security.”
“That is the money that should have gone into education, infrastructure, and generating employment for the people, particularly youths,” President Buhari added.
He congratulated Mr Barrow for stabilising The Gambia after his emergence as president after the impasse when his immediate predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, initially refused to vacate office after losing the presidential election in December 2016.
In his response, The Gambian President thanked President Buhari for the role Nigeria played in helping his country return to the path of constitutional democracy.
He also congratulated the Nigerian President on his emergence as the new Chairman of ECOWAS.
Barrow noted that he was the first foreign leader to visit Abuja after the development.