Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari declared, Wednesday that he was not solely absolutely dedicated to the unity of Nigeria, however would additionally dedicate all his time and power in selling it for the good thing about Nigerians.
The president made the pledge whereas receiving a delegation of Benue State Council of Conventional Rulers led by the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, on the State Home.
A press release by presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, mentioned the president known as for higher appreciation of the historic relationships amongst varied communities with a view to sustaining the nation’s unity.
In keeping with the assertion, the president noticed that the ties between the Tiv and his personal ethnic Fulani inventory predated him and the present technology, saying they helped in guaranteeing peaceable and harmonious co-existence among the many individuals.
Buhari additionally expressed optimism that such cordial bonds would proceed to endure amongst varied teams in addition to function a powerful unifying power within the nation.
“President Buhari decried the misunderstanding of inner conflicts by many individuals at residence and overseas, citing the farmer-herders clashes which in a number of locations had been misconstrued as spiritual, when in truth they arose from social and cultural components.
“He restated his attraction for higher understanding of the nation’s various cultures as a way to engender a more healthy co-existence among the many individuals, whereas fortifying and strengthening the unity of the nation.
“Responding to the narration of the Tor Tiv on the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the recent conflicts in the State, the President said he was aware of that, and all that obtains in the Northeast, the Northwest and the South-South,” the assertion mentioned.
Buhari famous that it was in realisation of the foregoing and the pressing must ameliorate the plight of the IDPs that he created the brand new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Improvement, “so that we have a ministry that coordinates their demands, and we avoid duplication of resources.”
The president expressed delight with the management of the Tor Tiv and different conventional rulers of their varied communities in addition to for his or her sturdy assist for his administration.
The president promised to look into the “long list” of the delegation’s calls for, and thanked the royal fathers for exhibiting appreciation for what his administration has carried out within the state when it comes to tasks’ execution and appointments.
Earlier, the Tor Tiv had described the current triumph of the president on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal as “God-given victory and mandate to reconstruct, rebuild and unify the nation and take it to the Subsequent Stage of socio-economic improvement.
“We’re right here to pledge our assist and encouragement to your administration and its laudable programmes.”