Nigerians from different groups and spheres of life have paid a Christmas homage to President Muhammadu Buhari at his residence in Abuja.
They were Christian and Muslim leaders, traditional rulers, politicians, security agents and government officials from the Legislature and the Executive, led by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello.
In his remarks, the Minister praised the president for the support security agents have been receiving to secure Nigeria.
Referring to the routing of the terrorist group, boko haram, the minister said it was heart warming.
“We congratulate you for the tremendous success the military achieved by clearing Sambisa Forest . This is a milestone that we are all proud of and we do pray that by the will of God what has happened in the name of boko haram will not happen again.”
The Metropolitan Catholic Bishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onayekan, had earlier prayed that God would give President Muhammadu Buhari the strength and wisdom to lead the country.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the Federal Capital Territory, Rev. Dr Jonah Samson said the coming together of prominent Nigerians from diverse religions, cultures and professions showed a united nation.
He said the time of Christmas was a time of joy, celebration, identification, and a time of sharing.
“We decided to come as a community to identify with the first family and also to thank God for your leadership. Sincerely, the impact of your leadership is felt all over”, he said.
As expected, the issue of the successes of the military over boko haram came to the front burner.
“We appreciate God for the grace and victory over boko harm. It is a thing of joy”, the Rev Samson told the president, adding that “the government has created noble path and pattern that the citizens can follow if the nation must grow.”
Responding, the president said the price of oil had dipped too low and that past regimes did not save for the rainy day.
President Buhari said key to his government was the need to provide security, employment, and revamping infrastructure generally in the country.
The Nigerian leader said he was determined to resuscitate the entire railway system in the country because, to him, “this sector has the capability to generate employment in a massive way and that when the railway system is back on track, trailers and petrol tankers will be off the roads, thereby reducing road accidents.”
The Niger Delta question and the exploits of the military in Sambisa forest were not unnoticed and the guests of the president kept praising the Commander–in–Chief for the feat.
So in his response, President Buhari made this appeal “with our performance in the north east of the country, Nigerians know that this government is serious and to our friends in the Niger delta areas, we will persuade them that please, let us sit down to manage our resources rather than fight.”