Updated: March 2, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday again promised to secure Nigeria and stabilize its weak economy, as Nigerians get ready to pick a new President in just months and his political opponent seems to be gaining momentum.
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“I am grateful for the prayers and words of encouragement,’’ President Buhari said when he received Tijjaniyya Shura Council at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, according to a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC by his spokesman Garba Shehu.
“Nigeria’s unity is strong and must be sustained. It is instructive to note that Nigeria preceded all of us in age, and we must do our best to keep the country together.’’
Opposition has been rising against Mr Buhari in recent months, with his former running mate and radical prophetic-apostolic televangelist, Tunde Barake, describing him as a failure, especially in the areas of security, the economy and corruption.
President Buhari commended religious bodies and Nigerians for the encouragement shown to the administration through prayers, pointing out that a peaceful and prosperous country is realisable with collective vision and shared effort.
In his remarks, leader of the Tijjaniyya, Sheikh Ibrahim Shiekh Maihula, said, “our desire is to live in a country that is peaceful and economically vibrant, and we will keep praying for you and members of your administration.’’
Shiekh Maihula said peace and economic prosperity were not negotiable for the unity of the country, urging the president to remain focused and steadfast in pursuing the policies he had outlined.