People no longer have a reason to fear for the unity of the country: Prez

The people of this country no longer have a reason to fear for the unity of the country, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said today (25).

He said that the present government will not allow anyone to interfere in the internal affairs of the country and that his government has ensured national security.

“The main demand of the more than 6.9 million of people who voted for me in the 2019 Presidential Election was to stabilise the country by ensuring national security.Back then, the people of this country were terrified of religious extremism. With the attacks on Easter Sunday, the people realised that the security apparatus of our country had been greatly weakened,” he said.

He stated that the intelligence services were weakened due to many ill-advised decisions taken by the previous government.

“Our security forces were challenged and discredited internationally. Our places of worship were forcibly occupied. Archaeological sites were destroyed out in the open. The terrorism, which we ended in 2009, had re-emerged in a more dangerous form,” he stressed.

President Rajapaksa said that his government has made great strides in ensuring national security once again. The most suitable officers were appointed to responsible positions.

“We have re-strengthened the morals of the security forces which had deteriorated owing to various harassments. The intelligence services that were weak at that time have been reorganised. We have reactivated the security plans that were abandoned during the previous government’s tenure,” he said.

He also noted that the government successfully contained the underworld which was becoming a major threat to the country.

“Although it is difficult to solve at once, the drug menace has been largely brought under control. We are implementing a programme to eradicate this menace completely,” he said.

Speaking further, he said, “We went through a period where making comments about our character, our culture and nationality was a cause for insult and ridicule. We have changed that. During this short period of time, we have created a peaceful environment in which members of all communities and people belonging to different religions can live with dignity without causing harm to others, while preserving their identities.”

He assured that he and his government have safeguarded the cultural and religious heritages such as the Muhudu Maha Vihara, Kuragala and Deegawapiya which were threatened in the past.