Hard­ship: Buhari begs cler­ics to pacify Nige­ri­ans


Pr e s i d e n t Muham­madu Buhari has re­quested re­li­gious lead­ers in the coun­try to “keep calm­ing” Nige­ri­ans, say­ing his govern­ment was aware of the chal­lenges con­fronting the av­er­age ci­ti­zen.

Buhari ap­pealed to Is­lamic lead­ers who vis­ited him yes­ter­day to con­vey the mes­sage of hope to the cit­i­zens that things would im­prove soon.

Re­ceiv­ing the Coun­cil of Abuja Imams at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja, the pres­i­dent said the lead­er­ship at var­i­ous lev­els was try­ing to solve prob­lems of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­se­cu­rity be­dev­illing the coun­try.

He noted that his ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cided to give pri­or­ity to agri­cul­ture in or­der to cre­ate jobs and en­sure food se­cu­rity, as­sur­ing a big­ger pro­vi­sion in­sec­ti­cides prepa­ra­tions from next year.

The pres­i­dent urged state gov­ern­ments and com­mu­nity lead­ers across the coun­try to key into this by or­gan­is­ing the cit­i­zens into co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties.

“Ex­ten­sion ser­vices, not money, will be pro­vided,” he said.

He said ef­forts were be­ing made to bring in­vestors from China and other friendly coun­tries in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing the pro­posed Mam­bila and other hy­dro-elec­tric power projects in Nige­ria.

The pres­i­dent also as­sured that the steps the govern­ment was care­fully tak­ing on the Niger Delta cri­sis would bring about long-term peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

Buhari told the cler­ics that his ad­min­is­tra­tion that there was plan for the of fer­tiliser, and land be­gin­ning would re­main res­o­lute and re­lent­less in the on­go­ing war against cor­rup­tion and the Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

“We have no plan to hu­mil­i­ate or em­bar­rass any­one through these ac­tions. We are merely in­ter­ested in in­sti­tut­ing jus­tice and fair­ness for all,” he said.

He, how­ever, vowed that who­ever is found to have stolen pub­lic funds would be forced to re­turn the funds, say­ing, “The na­tion needs the money.”

In his re­marks, the chair­man of Abuja Coun­cil Imams, Dr Ta­judeen Mo­hammed Bello Adi­gun, com­mended the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­forts to­wards fight­ing cor­rup­tion and ter­ror­ism but drew Buhari’s at­ten­tion to the cur­rent eco­nomic chal­lenges, es­pe­cially un­em­ploy­ment as well as prob­lems in the health and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors. of

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