Buhari optimistic Nigeria will overcome security challenges
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism that the country will overcome its myriad of security challenges.
Buhari made the remarks during a meeting with the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and a delegation of Tijjaniya movement (worldwide) led by the Grand Khalifah, Tijani Ali ibn Arabi at the State House, Abuja on Friday.
The president noted that the federal government is well aware of its responsibility with regards to security and will continue to do its best.
Buhari urged Nigerians to be fair to his government in assessing the response to security issues by reflecting on the situation at the time he took over in 2015, and the achievements “which mark a decisive break from the past”.
He cited the successes recorded by his administration in the north-east and the south-south, adding that the situation in the north-west would experience a turnaround for the better.
He called on Nigerians to take responsibility and show interest in the affairs of their own security and complement what the government is doing, saying: “we have done our best and we will continue to do more by pursuing coherent and consistent policies to deal with terrorism. I hope God will listen to our prayers.”
The president thanked Ganduje for bringing the grand Khalifa to Nigeria.
“We thank you for inviting them to come to pray for peace and stability in our country. We are grateful that they agreed to come,” he said.
Ganduje said his government invited the Tijjaniyya world leader to Nigeria to lead the faithful in prayers against insecurity.
He said the visit of the Grand Khalifa had also rekindled the old ties between the Tijjaniya and the many cultural and educational institutions in Nigeria.
The Tijjaniyya leader in Nigeria, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi and the Grand Khalifa, Tijani Ali ibn Arabi extolled the existing cordial relations between Nigeria and Algeria and prayed for guidance and blessings for the country and its leaders.