Nigeria’s president, Mr Muhammadu Buhari, says the challenges of Africa’s most populous nation will only be addressed through exemplary, disciplined and committed leadership.

n a speech delivered in Sokoto on Saturday where he was for the 10th Anniversary of the Sultan of Sokoto, Mr Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, President Buhari said that good leadership would enable Nigerians accomplish their aspirations for a strong and virile polity that would be a source of pride to present and future generations.

He expressed optimism that the nation in its worst economic recession in decades is destined for greatness.

“Despite the enormity of the challenges facing us we are optimistic that by the grace of God our nation is destined to achieve greatness.

“Today economic recession is affecting our economy. But we are resolved to overcome challenges, fight corruption and ensure good governance for the benefit of our citizens. Our administration is poised to bring positive changes to all Nigerians,” President Buhari reassured Nigerians.

Continue To Work For Peace

Extolling the Sultan of Sokoto, he identified the role that traditional institutions are playing in the overall development of Nigeria, saying that such input from traditional leaders is critical.

“Let me seize this opportunity offered by this moment to once more congratulate His Eminence, the Sultan for the invaluable contributions he is making in the development of the Nigerian polity.

“The Sultan has consistently proved himself worthy of his ancestors. He has continuously worked to promote peace and unity in the country. He has remained a leader, treading the path of his revered ancestors in building bridges of understanding amongst diverse ethnic and religious groups in the country,” he told the gathering.

He decried the height of ethnic and religious divide being experienced in Nigeria, saying that the culture of discipline and patriotism seen decades ago no longer exist.

“It is an indisputable fact that in the 60s, 70s and even in the early part of the 80s, Nigeria was reputed for its peaceful coexistence between the different ethnic and religious groups; the culture of discipline and patriotism was also highly safeguarded. Commitment to national development by all key players in governance was also visible.

“However, the situation as we all know, has unfortunately changed. Events associated with the anniversary and importantly the relevance of value of the Caliphate system must be base for progressive and self-reliant nation where, every citizen, irrespective of creed or tribal affiliation is given opportunity for self-actualisation.

“In this regard, the Sultan and our highly esteemed Royal Fathers, our traditional institutions and indeed all patriotic citizens of this country have to continue to work for peace, religious harmony and sustainable development of our country,” he stressed.

The President also commissioned 500 Kalambaina Housing Units constructed for the people of Sokoto State by the administration of Mr Aminu Tambuwal.

President Buhari described the project, which was started by the previous administration of H.E Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, as a demonstration of humility and a fulfilment of our promises to our people.

“Every Government has the sacred responsibility of addressing the welfare of the governed in all possible ways. Provision of shelter to the teeming populace is in this context a priority for a purposeful leadership.

“It is interesting to note that in fulfilment of his pledges to the good people of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is making all possible sacrifices worthy of a leader.

“I salute the efforts of Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri and all those assisting him in promoting democracy and good governance.

“It is also pleasing to note that the 500 Housing Units being commissioned today are equipped with basic amenities required for a decent life. It is hoped that beneficiaries will make good use of the facilities to ensure the accomplishment of the lofty objectives for which the huge expenditures were incurred in making the houses available,” he added.

Some of top dignitaries in Sokoto to celebrate with the Sultan are former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Senate President, Dr. Bokola Saraki and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar among others.

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