President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that the nation will overcome the prevailing insecurity in parts of the country.
Speaking during a visit to the State House, Abuja by the Grand Khalifa (overall head) of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement World-Wide yesterday, President Buhari said the present administration was well aware of its responsibility with regard to security and would continue to do its best.
The president in a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, urged Nigerians to be fair to his government in assessing the security issue in the country by reflecting on what obtained when he took over in 2015, and the successes as well as performance which mark a decisive break from the past, particularly in the North East and the South-South, adding that the North West which had given the nation some “headache” would experience a turnaround for the better.
Buhari urged citizens of the country 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.”
Addressing Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano State who brought the Grand Khalifa to Nigeria, President Buhari said: “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 urged them to pray that God gives guidance and strength to leaders to be accountable and do right in all things that they do.
Governor Ganduje while introducing the Khalifa and his delegation which included the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, the leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement in Nigeria, said the government of Kano State invited the Tijjaniyya world leader to the country to lead the faithful in prayer considering the complexities around security in particular.
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 the country, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi and the Grand Khalifa, Tidjani Ali Bin Arabi, extolled the existing cordial relations between Nigeria and Algeria and prayed for guidance and blessings for the country and its leaders.