Nigeria's Unity Is My Paramount Objective - Buhari
Anyone still thinking that Nigeria will soon break up should here what President Muhammadu Buhari said about the nation's unity.
"I will continue to do everything within my powers to unite Nigeria," the President assured Nigerians on Friday while in a meeting with delegation of the Tijjaniya Movement led by Sheikh Muhammadu Mahi Inyass at the Presidential Villa.
The President commended the religious group for the peaceful conduct of their annual convention and urged them to bring the same to bear in promoting peace, unity and inter-religious harmony in Nigeria.
He lauded the group for complementing government efforts in bringing social, economic development, and stability in the country by encouraging discipline, unity and spirituality among its members.
The meeting came a day after President Buhari visited Bauchi and held talks with the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu. He was in Bauchi on an official visit.
After Friday's meeting, the group presented Buhari with a Quran.
A statement by President Buhari's spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, said the President highlighted that the gift of Holy Quran was the highest anyone can receive and a reminder to seek and uphold justice in the service of the nation.
In his remarks, the leader of the group, Sheikh Inyass, told the President that members of the group would continue to support and appreciate his "noble agenda for the benefit of all Nigerians,’’ because they believe elected officials must be "accountable, incorruptible and God fearing".
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"It has never been easy. Even our Holy Prophet (SWA) was never totally accepted in his lifetime. It was only after he had long gone, people saw the wisdom in his preaching and sacrifices.
"We, therefore, urge you not to relent in your efforts.
"Therefore, it is pertinent for you to note, Your Excellency, that majority of us are with your government and would ensure a total support for you in your effort to return Nigeria to the path of greater progress and development," Sheikh Inyass said.