President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to develop strong confidence in the country, its security institutions, and resist terrorists’ attempts to destabilize Nigeria.
The President gave the advice during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Damaturu, Alhaji Hashimi II El-Kanemi.
He said government would continue to protect the rights of every Nigerian child to education, particularly the children displaced from their homes by Boko Haram.
‘‘With the four months I have left as President, I’ll continue to be steadfast and I hope that I will retire in peace.
‘‘We must develop strong confidence in our country. Let us make sure we do not compromise security at all in any form because security and economy are the most important things.”
‘‘We have gone through so much as a country and I appeal to you to be steadfast and make sure that we will not allow anybody to disorganize us again,’’ he explained.
President thanked Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State and his Borno State counterpart, Professor Babagana Zulum, for their persistence in reconstructing schools, health centers and institutions destroyed by the terrorists.
On his part, the Governor Buni told the President that in the heat of the battle against insurgence, the palace of the Emir of Damaturu was overrun by terrorists.
The Emir, Alhaji Hashimi II El-Kanemi thanked the President for improved security in the country, saying that they have had bitter experiences in the past, but his administration has unified the country.
President Buhari proceeded to inaugurate several projects executed by the state government and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force.
They include the ultra-modern State Command Headquarters, the Police Tertiary Hospital and access roads, and Police Secondary School, conceptualized and completed under Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
He also inaugurated Damaturu ultra-modern market, Maternal and Child Health Complex at the Yobe State Teaching Hospital, the 2600 Housing Estate in Potiskum and the Damaturu Mega School at new Bra-Bra, executed by Governor Buni, International Cargo Airport, named after him.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Julian Osamoto