By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said he was considering which country to go on exile, if this year’s harvest was not good.
The President, who stated this when the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigerian paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, also thanked God that in the last two years, there had been improvement on the rainy season, which had resulted in bumper harvest.President Buhari shaking hands with Ooni of Ife H.R.H. Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II and Sultan of Sokoto H.R.H. Sa’ad Abubakar IV
President Buhari told the monarchs that when he took over government in 2015, he met an economy that was in bad condition, adding that nobody would deceive anybody in the country in the management of the resources.
Buhari stressed that over the years, mismanagement of national resources was responsible for the current economic woes currently bedevilling the country.
He said Nigeria should be able to use its population strength of being the biggest black nation in the world to its advantage and that he would continue to pursue programmes and projects that would better the lives of Nigerians in all spheres of life.
Speaking on the general security situation in the country, the President said all hands should be on deck to completely secure Nigeria so as to develop it further.
He said: “We know our limitations we have to continue to strengthen our constitution, to strengthen the resolve of our people to live together, work together.
“We are lucky that last year and this year, the rainy season is good. If it were not good, I must confide in you that I was considering which country to run to.
“But God answered the prayers of many Nigerians. The rainy season last year was good and this year, with the report I’m getting is good. We thank God for that otherwise there would have been a lot of problems in this country.”
Tighten your belt, Sultan tells Buhari
The leader of the delegation and Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, thanked God for bringing the President back in sound health.
The Sultan urged him to tighten his belt and take on the mantle of leadership, assuring that with a monarch from each of the geopolitical zone, they will give him adequate support.
He also advised President Buhari to take the comments as honest and the tonic he needed to work hard for the nation.
He said: “We will continue to preach peace and stability, justice, transparency and accountability and anti-corruption.”
S-East monarch calls for FG’s intervention on bad roads
Also speaking, Chairman of South-East Traditional Rulers Council and the traditional ruler of Mgboko Ngwa Amaise Autonomous Community of Abia State, Eze Eberechi Dick, said the zone was President Buhari’s domain and doesn’t have any other President than him.
Eze Dick, who is also Chairman of Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, said the people of the zone prayed for the recovery of the President when he was in London on medical treatment.
He said: “Our heart is full of joy that you are back. You shook our hands when you came in and that shows you believe in one Nigeria. We prayed for you and you are back. We prayed for you because your agenda for Nigeria is good.
“As your children when we cry it is for you to ask us to stop crying that you will fix whatever is making us cry like the bad roads.”
The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who spoke on behalf of the North-West, said the traditional rulers identified with Buhari’s commitment for national security.
Speaking for the South-South, the King of Nembe, Edmund Dakouru, said: “We expressed our commitment to your programmes. We know there is tension here and there but as traditional rulers we don’t eat politics. The economy has to be fixed.
“Coming from the region that produces the main stay of the economy, even though the country will soon diversify the economy, before we diversify let’s protect the one that we still have. We are pleased to work for peace and stability of the region so that we can all see the benefits of the commodity.”
On behalf of the North Central zone, the Gbom Gwom Jos, Jacob Buba Gyang, also thanked God for bringing the president back to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir with fellow Nigerians.
He said: “The issues of health and security are not issues to play politics but issues we should put heads together so that the country can progress. We commend your efforts on security and agriculture.”
Speaking for North-East, the Lamido Adamawa, Mohammad Barkindo Musdafa, said Nigerians were happy to have the President back to the country hale and hearty.
“God brought you back to Nigeria and we are all very happy. We will continue to pray for God to strengthen you more and give you the courage to continue to do more for the country,” he said.
Some other monarchs at the courtesy call include Chairman of Cross River State Traditional Council and Paramount Ruler of Bakassi, Etim Okon Edet; the Jaja of Opobo, and Prof. Laz Ekwueme.