President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration’s commitment to put a stop to the incessant herders-farmers conflict and return the country to its former peaceful state.
President Buhari spoke at the Presidential villa, Abuja when he received a delegation of elders from Nasarawa State led by the Governor,Abdullahi Sule and the immediate past Governor, Senator Tanko Almakura.
He,however, said that this can only be achieved when states, politicians, religious leaders and ethnic jingoists among others, jettison their differences and promote only the collective interest of the nation.
“The federal government cannot do it alone. We need the full cooperation and support of states, local governments as well as traditional and religious leaders.”
The President, while acknowledging the herders-farmers conflict as an agelong phenomenon,said his administration was determined to find lasting solutions by way of policies geared towards ending the menace and restore peace.
He emphasised the need for states to invest in education, primary and health care, agriculture and security among others, which, he noted, were the foundation for sustainable progress.
“I want to use this forum to again solicit the support of all states to align with those four pillars. We must all have a collective vision for sustainable development,” President Buhari said, adding that the next four years of his administration will focus on building an inclusive, secure and prosperous Nigeria.
Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, governor Sule said the visit was to appreciate the President for appointing some prominent Nasarawa state indigenes into his administration.
He said they include the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig General Shuaibu Ibrahim.
The governor said the delegation was in Aso Rock to also thank the President for intervention in the dualisation of some roads in the State and appointing many other sons and daughters of Nasarawa State into federal agencies.
Also fielding questions from journalists, Senator Al-Makura explained that the visit was to also reassure the president of the State’s loyalty to the administration and support the President in his security and peace initiative “so that Nigeria can be a good place for all of us.”
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