President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the people of the North-East to appreciate the sacrifices made by security agencies to sustain peace in the region.
The President gave the advice on Monday, in an audience with Governors of the six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe, that make up the North-East region.
Speaking at the meeting, which dwelled on addressing the problem of insurgency troubling the region, the Nigerian leader pledged to continue doing his best to secure all parts of the country, despite lean resources at its disposal.
He said: “I listened to the Chairman of the Forum, the Governor of Borno, whose state is the hot spot now in the North-East, Adamawa, Bauchi and the rest of them are enjoying peace I hope they are respecting the sacrifice made by the military.
“I assure you that the government is doing its best but lack of resources has become a problem. COVID-19 is a phenomenon, it has no respect for colour, you can’t smell it, you can’t see it, you can’t hear it. America and us are the same, it’s a fantastic phenomenon I think we should go back to God.
“I assure you, North-East Governors especially the Governor of Borno, that we go to bed and wake up thinking about you and how to secure our country because that is the fundamental responsibility of a government-security and our party recognises this as one of the three fundamental issues we campaigned with. ”
Commenting on political developments in the country, President Buhari said he was proud of the governing party, the All Progressives Congress APC, which he described as impartial, adding that the country’s democracy was still developing and government will do its best to sustain it.
Earlier in his remarks, Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, who is the Chairman, North-East Governors’ Forum, thanked the President for intervening in their situation.
He however, identified the lack of access to farmland a major impediment to the return of peace to the region.
All Governors of the six States of the North-East were present. They include those of Adamawa, Umaru Fintiri, Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, Borno, Professor Babagana Zulum, Gombe, Inuwa Yahaya, Taraba, Darius Ishaku and Yobe, Mai-Mala Buni.
Source: Voice of Nigeria