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Unity of Nigeria my paramount objective, says President 


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja reassured Nigerians that the unity of the country remained his paramount objective and that of his government.

A statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, yesterday, said President Buhari spoke while receiving a delegation of the Tijjaniya Movement led by Sheikh Muhammadu Mahi Ibrahim Inyass at the Presidential Villa.

The President said: ‘‘I will continue to do everything within my powers to unite Nigeria.’’

President Buhari commended the religious group for the peaceful conduct of their annual convention and urged them to bring the same to bear in promoting peace, unity and inter-religious harmony in Nigeria.

He also lauded the group for complementing government’s efforts in bringing social, economic development, and stability in the country by encouraging discipline, unity and spirituality among its members.

Reiterating his remarks on Thursday at the palace of Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, after he was presented with the Holy Quran, the President said the gift of the Holy Quran is the highest anyone can receive and a reminder to seek and uphold justice in the service of the nation. 

In his remarks, the leader of the group, Sheikh Muhammadu Mahi Ibrahim Inyass, told the President that members of the group would continue to support and appreciate his ‘‘noble agenda for the benefit of all Nigerians,’’ because they believe elected officials must be ‘‘accountable, incorruptible and God fearing.’’

‘‘It has never been easy. Even our Holy Prophet (SWA) was never totally accepted in his lifetime. It was only after he had long gone that people saw the wisdom in his preaching and sacrifices. We, therefore, urge you not to relent in your efforts.

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