Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria is a lucky country and that Nigerians should commend themselves despite being faced with problems that could have torn them apart.
Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the president made this comment after receiving the report of the National Security Summit held on May 26, by the House of Representatives.
The Security report was submitted on Tuesday by a group of House members, chaired by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, at the State House.
President Buhari urged leaders to respect the people, from the lowest to the highest, “so that it becomes a duty to them (the people) to pay back to the leadership.”
He said respect for the people should come in letting them to choose their leaders, irrespective of political party or religion.
According to the statement, Buhari restated his determination to serve the nation to the best of his ability, recalling his visits to the 36 states of the federation during the campaign for the 2019 elections.
He said: “The number of people that turned out to see me, some waiting for 10 hours in the sun, was more than anyone could buy, or force.
“They just wanted to see who this Buhari was. People wonder why Nigerians accept me, despite not being rich. I wonder, too. I felt I just have to serve Nigeria and Nigerians to the best of my ability.”
The President also lauded the ninth National Assembly for always cooperating with the executive, saying he tried very hard to get the eighth Assembly to do same for the sake of the country, but to no avail.
The Speaker of Nigeria’s 9th House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila thanked President Buhari for endorsing the security summit conducted by the House.
“You were part of it from the very beginning, and you were to have declared it open, if not for the exigencies of duty,” he said.
Gbaja said the Security summit became overbearing after lawmakers were bombarded with security issues on a daily basis by their constituents on the security “and motions after motions were moved by the lawmakers.”
According to the speaker, the house set up a committee of 50 lawmakers, across party, religious and ethnic lines to plan the summit, “and Mr President was very eager and enthusiastic about it, showing the importance you place on security.”
He also said traditional rulers, scholars, independent thinkers, and security chiefs had a role to play.
According to him, it contains seven recommendations that require legislative action, and about 19 that will be implemented by the executive.
“Thank you, Mr President, for what you have done so far to douse tension and for Nigeria to remain one.
“It’s about all of us, not just the executive, the legislature or the judiciary. And Nigeria will work, by the grace of God,” the Speaker said.