Develop confidence in Nigeria, Buhari tells Nigerians

January 10, 2023
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• ‘Don’t compromise security’• President inaugurates projects in Yobe

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged fellow Nigerians to resist tendencies that can compromise the nation’s security by developing strong confidence in the country.

 President Buhari, who spoke at the palace of the Emir of Damaturu, Hashimi II El-Kanemi, said he remained committed to the defence of the country in his remaining four months as President.

 A statement in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the Federal Government under his watch would continue to protect the rights of every Nigerian child to education, particularly the children displaced from their homes by Boko Haram insurgency.

 “With the four months I have left as President, I will continue to be steadfast and I hope that I will retire in peace.

 “We must develop strong confidence in our country. Let us make sure we do not compromise security at all in any form because security and economy are the most important things.

“We have gone through so much as a country and I appeal to you to be steadfast and make sure that we will not allow anybody to disorganise us again,” he said.

 Expressing delight at the return of peace and normalcy to Yobe State and other parts of the Northeast, the President thanked Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni and his Borno State counterpart, Prof. Babagana Zulum, for their persistence in reconstructing schools, health centres and institutions destroyed by terrorists.

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 The President stressed that “there was a deliberate attempt to destroy Nigeria, but God did not permit it,” adding: “God has helped Nigeria to bounce back.”

 He also praised members of the Armed Forces and the police for their sacrifices in protecting the country.

President Buhari said since he fought to defend Nigeria’s unity during the Civil War, those who were part of that experience would never “allow anybody to fiddle with this country again”.

 Buni told the President that in the heat of the battle against insurgency, the palace of the Emir of Damaturu was overrun by terrorists.

 “However, worthy of note is that Yobe is one of the states you liberated from the clutches of Boko Haram terrorists.

 “Before, in this palace, even if you placed $1 billion for someone to come and pick it, nobody dared to come near. But your coming onboard has made that history and the people of Yobe are enjoying relative peace.”

 Emir Hashimi II El-Kanemi also thanked the President for improved security in the country, saying: “We have had bitter experiences in the past, but your administration has unified the country.”

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