I’ll leave Nigeria better than I met it, Buhari tells Christian leaders

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured Christian leaders in the country of his commitment to leave the country better than he met it in 2015.

Receiving the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by Samson Ayokunle in the State House, Abuja, the President affirmed that his administration would continue to address important national challenges including security, economy and corruption.

CAN leadership was in the Villa to congratulate the President on his re-election, where he told them that the outcome of the just concluded polls underscores the trust Nigerians have in the present leadership in the country.

‘‘In the area of allocation of political offices, our focus will be on merit and national spread such that every part of Nigeria will have a sense of belonging. We remain resolute in the fight against terrorism and insurgency, and efforts to bring back all those in captivity and other victims of kidnappings will be intensified,’’ he said.

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Commending the important roles religious bodies have played in the last four years, Buhari pledged to continue supporting several programmes anchored by the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), geared towards peace, tolerance, unity and harmony in our country.

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In his congratulatory message, the CAN president prayed God to grant the President ‘‘everything it takes to perform hundred times better than’’ his first term, stressing that the organisation had the success of this administration at heart. Ayokunle welcomed the President’s pledge to run an inclusive government in a speech shortly after his re-election, noting that the gesture would give all in the country a sense of belonging.

The leadership of the Christian body in Nigeria also called for ethnic and religious balance in the selection of leadership of the ninth National Assembly.

While appealing to the President to task security agencies to be more proactive in their duties, Ayokunle made a passionate request for deliberate and relentless efforts to free Leah Sharibu, other Chibok girls and Nigerians in captivity of insurgents.

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