Buhari seeks cooperation among elite, commissions projects in Borno
• Motivates troops in final campaign against insurgency
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Maiduguri, Borno State, said more cooperation among elites and commitment to inform people on realities and mobilise for development will help in resolving challenges facing the nation.
In a courtesy call at the palace of the Shehu of Borno during a visit to commission the Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi Distance Learning Centre and International Conference Hall at the University of Maiduguri and some state projects, the President said the elites owe it to the people to inform, guide and shape opinions, since they have more access and knowledge on the economy.
“What our country needs now is continued cooperation of the elites. They know the problem of the nation. It is good that they educate the less informed about the realities,” he said.
The President noted that there was a need to be more careful in assessing the performance of the administration and it should be relative to the time and resources available.
“On our three targets, we should look at where we were when we came in and where we are now in relation to time and resources,” he said.
Buhari noted that in spite of a drop in production output and price of crude oil, the administration utilised what was available to make a difference on security and the economy.
He assured Nigerians that his administration will use the remaining period to consolidate on efforts in restoring peace and improving the economy.
“For the period remaining, we will keep doing our best, especially in infrastructure, so that those who will come after us will not have cause to complain,” he added.
In his remarks, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, expressed appreciation that the President was visiting the state for a second time in less than six months to commission developmental projects.
He said the people of Borno State were enjoying gradual return of peace, which has enabled many to return to their homes and farms, with a commendable harvest in 2021.
The governor thanked the military, paramilitary and Civilian JTF for efforts in restoring order to the state.
Zulum also appreciated the interventions of the President, particularly in housing and energy, which include the 50 megawatts Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation project to improve power supply in the state.
“May Allah give the President wisdom and fortitude to carry on with the good works. We remain eternally grateful,” he said.
In his remarks, the Shehu of Borno, Dr. Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El Kanemi, said the state has started experiencing a new lease of peace, with many people returning to their farms and businesses.
According to the royal father, the state also enjoyed many infrastructural developments since 2015, even as he thanked Buhari for taking special interest in people of the state.
ALSO, Buhari urged troops of Operation Hadin Kai to remain steadfast as they go into the final phase of campaign against insurgency and other forms of criminalities.
The President, who addressed the soldiers at the Airforce Base in Maiduguri, said the entire nation remains grateful for the gallantry displayed in ensuring gradual return of peace to the North East, while condoling with families that lost loved ones, and the wounded.
“I urge you also to stay focused to achieve our strategic end-state, which is the defeat of all adversaries and restoration of an economically viable North East geopolitical zone and other parts of the country where Nigerians are free to go about their activities without fear or harassment,” he said.
He assured families of soldiers who paid the supreme price for the nation and the injured that the Federal Government would cater for their needs, recognising their sacrifices for all Nigerians.