President Muhammadu Buhari has maintained that he has the capacity and willingness to solve the myriad of problems bedevilling Nigeria.
He restated his resolve to tackle the problems facing the country head-on, at a meeting with Nigerians living in Niger Republic, which he visited yesterday.
Buhari reassured them that he would do everything within his powers not to disappoint the people who massively voted for him on March 28.
The President said he and his All Progressives Congress, APC, were capable of tackling the country’s challenges.
He, however, told them that his administration was still new and needed time to set modalities on how to actualise its plans for the country.
President Buhari said his administration would prioritise challenges in the area of insecurity, economy, corruption and power.
“I want to reassure you that we are going to tackle these challenges head-on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems. However daunting as the task to surmount these challenges may be, they are by no means insurmountable.
“There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives, we must consciously work to improve the democratic system.”
Buhari also assured them that his government would be resolute in ensuring that the country is restored back to his glorious days.
He, however, said he needed all Nigerians, including those in the Diaspora, to partner with his administration in order to realise the dream.
“I want to conclude by urging you to continue to remain law-abiding and to continue to be good ambassadors of the country as we embark on the journey of rebirth, development, evolution and integration,” he said.
After he met his Nigerien counterpart, Mohamadou Issoufou, Buhari said his administration had started a process which would lead to the elimination of the Boko Haram sect from the North-Eastern part of the country.
He told journalists in Niamey, Niger Republic that, “I am four days in office today (yesterday) and we have already started the process of ending the insurgency.”
President Buhari also expressed confidence in the ability of the Nigerian military to eradicate Boko Haram.
Buhari declared that the Nigerian Army, which has earned a good reputation across the world, remains a virile fighting force.
He disclosed that in the course of the over five hours meeting he held with heads of Nigeria’s Armed Forces and security agencies on Tuesday, ongoing operations against Boko Haram were reviewed for better results.
President Buhari said that because of the peculiarities of terrorism, the movement of terrorists across borders and the unconventional nature of the war against terror, Nigeria will continue to seek the support of neighbouring countries in its bid to overcome Boko Haram.
The President said that his visit to Niger was to seek more support from the country in bringing a quick end to the atrocities of Boko Haram.
President Buhari said he would hold similar meetings on security and the war against terrorism with the Chadian authorities after leaving Niamey on Thursday.
The President said Nigeria would also require the assistance of other nations and multi-lateral institutions to rebuild areas that have been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and rehabilitate displaced persons.
In his remarks, the President of Niger commended President Buhari for making Niger the first country he will visit after his inauguration.
“Your decision to move the military command of Nigeria to the North-East has further strengthened our conviction that the war against terrorism will soon come to an end,” he told President Buhari.
Earlier at the opening of bilateral talks between Nigeria and Niger, President Buhari praised his host contributions to the ongoing multi-national effort against terrorism, insurgency and cross-border crimes.
“Permit me also to acknowledge the consistency with which the government and people of Niger Republic have stood beside Nigeria under all circumstances. I would like to convey the appreciation of Nigeria for the sacrifices by Niger in the on-going efforts to counter the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency.
“Niger Republic has over the years, proven to be a reliable ally to Nigeria both at bilateral and multilateral levels. It is our hope and aspiration that this special relationship would be further consolidated during my administration.
“My administration will bring new impetus and a renewed commitment to the efforts to wipe out the menace of the Boko Haram insurgents. As a first step, we have directed the relocation of the command post of the counter-insurgency operations to Maiduguri until such a time that the insurgency is completely defeated.
“Another issue of concern to us which is closely associated with the insurgency in the region is the influx of refugees and other displaced persons. We are aware that currently, there are over one hundred and fifty thousand displaced persons comprising refugees and returnees taking refuge in various parts of Niger.
“Our administration will work closely with governments of the affected States to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced persons and their host communities.
“The ultimate objective, however, remains to end the insurgency and facilitate their return to their homes,” President Buhari said.

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