By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari said that all efforts will be made to improve the living conditions of Nigerians, starting with ensuring adequate security, reiterating that he owes Nigerians a debt of gratitude for the opportunity to serve.
Speaking at the Borno Shehu Palace in Maiduguri, Borno on Thursday, Buhari noted that he started his administrative career as a military officer in Borno as governor for seven months, under General Murtala Mohammed.
He said he was later appointed Minister of Petroleum by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was then military head of state.
Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesperson in a statement, quoted Buhari as saying, “My commitment to serving Nigerians is a reward for the love that has been shown to me. I started my political adventure in Maiduguri and I always look forward to coming here.
The president praised Governor Babagana Zulum de Borno for his frankness, resilience and dynamism in the development of the state, despite the security concerns.
He noted that very few leaders would take the risks that Zulum had taken over the years to protect his people and promote peace and development, especially putting his life at risk spending nights with vulnerable people.
In his remarks, the governor thanked the president for visiting Borno state to assess the security situation and for commissioning some of the projects completed in recent years.
Borno Shehu Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai El-Kanemi also thanked the president for his consistent response to the plight of the people of the state, noting that the security situation has improved significantly.
According to the traditional leader, the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) will improve their economies as many will return to farms to further strengthen food security, while others will continue to trade. (NAA)