I’m committed to a safe Nigeria ― Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured of his commitment to a safe and secure Nigeria.
Speaking while receiving the Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo (MBO) Dynamic Support Group led by the National Coordinator, Usman Ibrahim, Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Friday, he said the objective was to have a Nigeria where families will be safe and children having opportunities for comfortable lives
His assurance came in the wake of rising insecurity in the land over which various stakeholders have voiced their concerns.
The President said: “As leaders in your various communities, I urge you all to take the message back to your community. It is not about politics, religion or tribe. It is about having a Nigeria where our family will be safe and our children we have plenty of opportunities to earn a living and have a comfortable life.”
While thanking the group for the hard work and dedication during the 2019 elections campaign, he said that his administration was also committed to delivering on its mandate.
According to him, Nigeria’s constitution was the fairest document where a state like Bayelsa with eight local government areas and Kano with 44 local government areas have the same number of senators (three each) representing their people.
He added: “The constitution facilitate one thing, that is there must be a member of the executive council from each state of the federation. Why I praise the authors of our constitution is that Bayelsa with eight local government has three senators and Kano with 44 has three senators. So, you can’t be fairer than that in the context of one Nigeria.
“Please try and understand that I appreciate you, you are doing a thankless job nobody is paying you. You use your resources and time to come together and discuss national resources. I pray God will help us to keep this country strong economically and morally.”
Buhari assured the group that he will study the demands.
Speaking earlier, Ibrahim described Buhari’s victory in the 2019 election as no handout but reward of the president’s painstaking commitment to Nigerians.
The victory, he said, was achieved through the sacrifices of many Nigerians including those who paid the supreme sacrifice and others who sustained permanent disability.
According to him, some members of MBO were attacked in the FCT and narrowly escaped death.
He said the group also lost the Kwara coordinator and the Bayelsa State woman leader, while Ogun Aba Bayelsa states coordinators were yet to recover from the beating they received during the elections.
He reminded the president that the group embarked on a cashless campaign but were never deterred as they ensured their members were fully on the ground.
Ibrahim said the group has developed citizen-government information flow that will help the government scale its policies from the bottom-top approach.
The group suggested a next level summit that will address the challenges and prospect.
He said the group was ready to make itself available as an asset to Buhari’s administration, noting that they have qualified professionals that have excelled in various fields of endeavours that will impact the next level administration positively.
“We, therefore, request that you give consideration to this noble men and women, we promise that we will never let you down,” he added.