SAN FRANCISCO, September 11, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the thought of running away from Nigeria flashed his mind during the period of drought occasioned by lack of rain.
Buhari said this on Monday when he received the National Council of Traditional Rulers led by the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad SAbubakar III, in Aso Villa, Abuja, saying he is thankful for the improved rainy season in the country in the last two years.
“We are lucky this year 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,” he told them
“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.”
The Sultan of Sokoto, in his speech, stated that the traditional rulers will continue to preach peace and stability, justice, transparency and accountability and anti-corruption.
Speaking for the South-West, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunnusi, thanked God for the safe return of the President from his medical vacation in London.
“From the South-West we thank God for your life and we pledge to support you from our communities because we are closer to our people,” he said.
“We will continue to preach to our people that we should continue to foster peace in our country, we will continue to caution our youths against hate speech.
“We cannot leave the development of the country all to the government but we have to work hand in hand. We assure you that we support all your initiatives.”
The Jaja of Opobo, speaking for the South-South, urged the President to quickly fix the economy.
“The economy has to be fixed. Coming from the region that produces the mainstay of the economy, even though the country will soon diversify the economy, before we diversify let’s protect the one that we still have,” he said.
“We are pleased to work for peace and stability of the region so that we can all see the benefits of the commodity.”
Speaking for the South-East, Chairman of South-East Traditional Council, Eberechi Dike, revealed that the region prayed for the safe return of the President.
“We prayed for you and you are back. We prayed for you because your agenda for Nigeria is good,” he said.
“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.”
Speaking for the North-West, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, said the traditional rulers identified with Buhari’s commitment to national security.
The Gbom Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang, who spoke on behalf of the North-Central, told the President that at least 20 people were killed in Plateau State on Friday.
He commended Buhari for ordering the security agencies to fish out those responsible for the attacks and the reasons for the attack.
Speaking for the North-East, the Lamido Adamawa, Muhammadu Musdafa, said Nigerians were happy to have the President back.