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