President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his commitment to serving the nation, assuring that his administration will continue to do the best to improve the lives of Nigerians.
While receiving associations of farmers, businessmen, youth leaders, elders and politicians from Katsina at his hometown in Daura on Monday, the President said he returned to the country with renewed hope and strength to pursue policies that will improve the livelihood of the people, and reposition Nigeria for good.
According to a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President said:
“Considering the challenges we are facing as a nation, we have been doing our best to provide sustainable solutions, and we will keep doing our best.
“I am happy you came here today, and I am thankful for all the prayers. You are leaders of various groups at the grassroots, and you are closer to the people so you understand these problems as well. We need your support.”
In his remarks, the leader of the group of associations, Zannan-Daura Sani Ahmed Daura, said the President’s return signalled God’s interest in turning around the fortunes of the country.
“On behalf of all the elders here, we are grateful to God you returned alive, and in good health,” he said.
Daura, a former assistant inspector-general of police, said the president’s life of patience, endurance and contentment was exemplary, praying that God would give him more strength and wisdom to lead the country.
In a related development, President Buhari’s has said he is concerned about the gale of strikes in the country and will do the needful to ensure industrial harmony.
Speaking during a recent interview with Channels Television, the President’s Media Adviser Femi Adesina explained how the President was responding to the ongoing strikes by resident doctors and that of university lecturers.
“The President is the captain of the team but, then, he has so many other people working with him, who we can say will be the first line of defence when it comes to things like this. For the doctors, it is the Minister of Health first, and that will be done in conjunction with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who fortunately also is a medical doctor.
“For ASUU, you know there is a Minister of Education and that is being done along with the Minister of Labour. So that is the first line of engagement. I think the President is the very last line of engagement.
“But knowing that the President is the captain of the ship, his interest will be that there is peace and tranquillity in every sector of the economy. So, the needful will be done.
“Naturally, the President will be concerned because he is here to ensure that every sector of the polity, every Nigerian, gets the best from the polity.
“Naturally, he should be concerned if there are gales of strikes all around and he will do the best through his aides, through the ministers and those that have been appointed to be the first point of contact on these things. The best will be done,” Adesina said.