In a courtesy visit by the delegation of the National Council of Traditional rulers, Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari revealed that there were times he considered fleeing Nigeria due to its massive challenges.
The president, who recently returned to the country after a three months medical vacation in London, addressed the delegation led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakaur and his co-chairman, the Ooni of Ife, Ogunwusi Adeyeye, at the Presidential villa in the nation’s capital.
Speaking to the perplexed guest, Buhari said; as he contemplated relocating to another country, his dilemma was which country would be a haven to escape to. But as he Considered his duty to the country as the president he noted, “we know our limitation; we have to continue to strengthen our constitution, to strengthen the resolve of our people to live together, work together”.
Implying how much the rainy seasons has improved the state of things in the country, he stated how lucky the country was because of the good rainy seasons last year and this year as well.
Some of the traditional rulers took turns to speak for each of the six geo-political zones. Some painstakingly commended Buhari for his good work and assured him of their prayers and joy towards his return while others used the opportunity to bring to notice areas in the country desperately in need of attention.
The king of Nembe, Edmund Dakouru, while expressing his commitment to government programmes, urged Buhari to fix the economy as politics is not what the country would eat.
“The economy has to be fixed. Coming from the region that produces the mainstay of the economy, even though the country would soon diversify the economy; before we diversify, let’s protect the one that we still have. We are pleased to work for peace and stability of the region so that we can see all the benefits of the commodity” he said.
Chairman of the South East Traditional Council, Eze Eberechi Dick, urged the President, to do something about the deplorable federal roads in the South-East Zone as he assured him of the regions committed prayers towards his full recovery.
Jacob Buba Gyang, for the North-Central region, cautioned against playing politics with the President’s health as he commended Buhari’s effort on security and agriculture especially when he ordered security agencies to fish out those responsible for the attacks. Recalling the attack on Ancha village, Platue state, which led to the death of 20 persons.
Thanking God for answering the prayers of Nigerians, Buhari stated how security was imperative for national development as he sought the buy-in of all Nigerians, employing them to use the large population to its advantage.