Governing Nigeria is not an easy task, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
The President said this on Tuesday while breaking his Ramadan fast with members of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential banquet hall, Aso villa, Abuja.
While urging Nigerians to pray for the country, President Buhari also said Nigerians need to be instilled with the spirit of patriotism for the sake of posterity.
“It strengthens our resolve to build our country to make it stronger and to make sure that the incoming generations are sufficiently motivated to be patriotic.”
“It is no news that we are the biggest country in Africa, we are the economy engine of Africa, which are true by the way. But, we must always be patriotic in our dealings with others.”
“This (Ramadan) month of prayers and service to God, let us keep on these prayers all the times, believing that God in His infinite mercy will listen to our prayers, give us peace, security and better the economy once more, so that we can quickly rebuild and even do more for the country.”
“Let me assure that the time of Ramadan is making us more conscious of what leaders at every level ought to do, and leading the people is not a joke. It means accepting responsibilities for good or wrong.”
Speaking on the recent agitation for the Soverign state of Biafra, the President said, “We need a lot of prayer. Certainly, with the nation’s economy going down. Haven’t developed the agriculture, we are still trying to talk on those who will come and develop the solid mineral for us.”
“The militants in their various homes. We need to reflect very seriously on what happened between 1967 and 1970 where about two millions Nigerians lost their lives.”
“And at that time, as young military officers, you hardly heard of anything about petroleum or whatever money you got from it.”
“Look at what Gen. Gowon said; `To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done’ and every soldier whether he has been to school or not knew what the General meant. But we were quarreling with our brothers, we were not fighting an enemy and then somebody is saying that once again he wants Biafra.”
“I think this is because he was not born when there was Biafra. We have to reflect on the historical antecedent to appreciate what is before us now and what we intend to leave for our children and our grand children.”
Also present at the dinner was Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who, on behalf of the FEC members, thanked the President for inviting them to break the fast with him.