By Andah John
President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with his administration as the government seeks ways to pull the nation out of recession.
The president also believes his government has the fortitude to addressing the challenges facing the country.
He was speaking in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during the visit of Christian faithful who came to pay him Christmas homage.
The group was led by the Archbishop John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Primate of the Anglican Communion, and Dr Nicholas Okoh, the chairman of the Abuja chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Buhari recalled his pledges to the nation during the presidential campaign in 2015. He insisted that those promises remained paramount in his administration.
“I believe some of you were following us during our campaigns and what we identified is still our fundamental fulcrum.
“Number one is security and we kept on saying that whether it is an organisation or a country, you have to secure it before you can manage it properly,” he said.
But the president, again, bemoaned the lack of savings by previous governments, adding that the situation has made things very difficult for his administration.
He then pleaded with Nigerians to exercise patience as his government tackles the problems of insecurity, unemployment and infrastructure.
Buhari calls for patience
“I am looking forward to having people discuss with their colleagues to be patient with the government.
“We are always thinking about our country and our people and God in His infinite mercies has given Nigeria a lot of preachers.
“In terms of resources; both human and material, we better leave something for our children and grandchildren,” he said.
Militants get Buhari’s attention
He also pleaded with the militants in the Niger Delta to be ready to discuss with government on how to share the resources in the region.
Among the guests in the Presidential Villa were friends and well-wishers from the Muslim community.
It is a tradition that they join the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to pay homage to the President during festivities and to also pray for him.