President Muhammadu Buhari has said the best route to national development is stability as first casualty of a nation is an unstable polity.
The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement in Abuja today, said Buhari made the declaration while receiving Gambian President Adama Barrow at the State House, Abuja.
He said: “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.’’
He congratulated President Barrow for stabilizing The Gambia after his emergence, following the impasse caused by his immediate predecessor, Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh had initially refused to vacate office, after losing the presidential election in December, 2016.
In his remarks, 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, noting that he was the first foreign leader to visit Abuja after the development.