President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his sadness over the slow pace of inventions and discoveries in Nigerian universities since the country got her independence.
The president also gave assurances that the era of insecurity in the country would soon be over.
He stated that the days of bandits, kidnappers and insurgents in Nigeria are numbered.
Buhari, represented by Hafiz Abubakar, former deputy governor of Kano state, made this statement on Saturday while delivering his address at the fourth convocation of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina state.
He said, “I want to reassure the people of Katsina State and indeed all the other states of the federation that the climate of fear being orchestrated by bandits, kidnappers and insurgents would soon come to an end.
“We are bent on subduing the situation and creating the environment for lawful citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear or molestation.
“The war against bandits and kidnappers involves a lot of covert operations that are not easily accessible to the citizens. But I want to assure you that we are winning the war and by the grace of God, not in the far future. ”
Speaking on the running cost of universities, the president urged the institutions to explore more avenues for generating internal revenue, saying that the government alone could not fund the institutions.
“Research, critical thinking, moral dispositions, discoveries and inventions should find natural habitats in our universities, as they do in several other universities in the world,” he said.
“Universities are supposed to be strong drivers of the country’s development initiatives for sustainable development.
“It is not heart-warming that in our over 58 years of independence, Nigerian universities are slow in discoveries and inventions.”