President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the University of Ibadan re-emphasised the commitment of his administration to shape the future of the country through a three cardinal approach of creativity, technology and character.
The President pledged better ‎days for Nigeria, emphasising that character of Nigerians was very important in reformation of the country, a deficit of which would negatively affect whatever idea one may have.
The president, who is the Visitor to the University spoke through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, giving the assurance at the Foundation Day ceremony of the institution to mark the grand finale of the 67th convocation ceremony of the premier university.
He identified series of challenges confronting the nation to include “infant mortality, extreme poverty, insecurity, climate change, the rabid activities of terrorists, all of which he described as monsters which cannot be allowed to prowl the street without being controlled.
“Government of the Federation is committed to responsive governance focusing on the ordinary man who daily looks for job. But how many jobs can be generated?
“Our budget will focus on technology, power, transportation, access to solar power, promotion of entrepreneurship small scale businesses. The future of Nigeria is bright. Our nation will yield its fruits for her people, make us live decent. By the grace of God, we will succeed”, the president said.
Also, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, who was installed as the Chancellor of the university, and conferred with the Doctor of Law award by the authorities of the premier institution, blamed the menace of insecurity created by the Boko Haram ‎insurgents in the North Eastern part of Nigeria partly on the socio-economic factor of Almajiri, which he advocated must be given an urgent lasting solution.
While speaking on the issue of national insecurity, which he said worried him, the Sultan said “as we are all aware, for the past several years, the North Eastern part of Nigeria had been embroiled in a serious insurgency which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of our citizenry and displaced over two million of its inhabitants.
“Although flaunting Muslim credentials, the ideology of this group has nothing to do with this noble religion but much to say about their deluded minds and the evil intentions of their sponsors.
“However, the spread of the group was also aided by other socio-economic factors which are usually glossed over as we search for solutions to this menace. The North-East sub-region harbours one of the largest concentrations of Almajiri, numbering over two and a half million, who are outside the conventional school system.
“Secondly, the low educational indices also translate into high incidences of relative poverty, with the North-East posting a figure of 76.3%‎. This phenomenon would definitely not augur well for the orderly development of our diverse societies and of our nation”, the Sultan said.


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