President, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said insecurity challenges in the country has hindered the government perform expectedly.
He said the administration would ensure the menace is ended with perpetrators brought to book.
The president spoke at a dinner with the 469 members of the National Assembly, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, on Tuesday.
“Some of the people who perpetuate these various manifestations of insecurity do so for profit, others, in the name of discredited ideologies.
“Whatever their motivations may be, their actions are an existential threat to our country.
“In the circumstances, we must do everything within our power, without consideration of distractions, to put an end to their activities and bring them to book.
“We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from this objective, or waver in our commitment, and I am confident that together, we will triumph in our present efforts,’’ Buhari said.
The president at the occasion also lauded the ninth National Assembly for discharging their legislative duties with maturity and competence, describing the legislature as “full partners in national development”.
“Our ability to govern in the best interests of the Nigerian people depends to a great deal on effective collaboration and partnership between the Legislature and the Executive.
“The obligation to check and balance each other is not an invitation to conflict, and it should not be characterised by quarrelsome disagreement when consultation, engagements and compromise have proven time and again to be a more effective approach.
“In the ninth Assembly, you have distinguished yourselves by your conduct in office, by the scale and quality of your legislative interventions, and by your capacity for engaging with the difficult questions facing the country with maturity and competence,” he noted.
The president listed some legislative accomplishments of the ninth Assembly ranging from returning of the budget cycle to January to December; the amendment of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA); the Nigeria Police Act; the Finance Act; and the Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contract Act, among others.