Help Me Calm Nigerians Down – Buhari Begs Clerics Over Economic Challenges
In a statement released by Garba Shehu, the presidential Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, appealed to Muslim clerics to help his administration calm Nigerians down amidst the growing complaints on the various challenges facing Nigerians.
According to Punch, the president disclosed that his government was aware of challenges of life facing the average citizen, hence the need for the clerics to carry the message of hope to the people that things will improve.
The President who made the appeal during a meeting he had with the Council of Abuja Imams at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said:
“Keep calming the people. The leadership at various levels is trying to solve problems of poverty, unemployment and insecurity bedeviling the country,” Buhari requested religious leaders throughout the country.
He explained to the clerics that the Federal Government chose to give priority to agriculture in order to create jobs for unemployed citizens and give the country food security, adding that although efforts had begun, there was a bigger plan for the provision of fertilizers, insecticides and land preparations starting from 2017.
Shehu disclosed that the president requested state governments and community leaders across the country to organise the population into cooperative societies to key into the agriculture reforms programme, stressing that “extension services, not money will be provided.”