•Govt To Encourage Agric, Mining •Buhari Will Be Fair To All –Tambuwal
President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday in Abuja, said Nigeria would only enjoy appreciable peace, when youths who constitute about 60 per cent of the nation’s population are adequately employed.
Speaking when he hosted a group of Northern Elders led by Maitama Sule, Buhari however promised to quickly address the problem of unemployment by encouraging agriculture and mining.
Responding to a call for good governance by his visitors, Buhari said after taking a good look at the various challenges bedeviling the country, he realised that unless jobs are provided for the youths, all efforts at resolving other challenges like insecurity would be futile. Lack of job for the youths, security and economy, he added, are the biggest challenges facing the nation, noting that when youths have jobs that can meet their needs and give them hope of being responsible citizens, the challenges of poor economy and insecurity would have been half solved.
Buhari therefore urged the leaders especially from the Northern Nigeria to communicate through the churches and mosques to their constituents on why they have be patient a bit as his government moves to tackle the biggest of the problems immediately he comes into office as President of Nigeria.
He insisted that the nation had been seriously bastardised under the PDP government and that it will take sometime to fix what have been destroyed.
The President-elect however assured that his government would not rest on its oars until the change the nation desired is achieved.
“The biggest message is to try and persuade the people that it is not possible to change the state of affairs now. It took 16 years and those 16 years, most of you know it better than myself, Nigeria earned revenue more than what it earned from 1914 till before 1999.
“In the economy, we have to quickly turn to agriculture and mining because that is where you can do the quickest work and earn results. In other areas, you need to study them and dust all the books and studies and get people, experienced people, committed people and technocrats to come and help the government and identify priorities so that with what is available to us, we can quickly make our people realise their hope for the government they have chosen” he said.
Highlighting the importance of employment generation for the youth, Buhari sressed: “There must be jobs for these people as quickly as possible for us to even enjoy the relative peace. So, security, getting job for these people and putting the infrastructures in place especially power is key.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the delegation, former Nigeria Permanent United Nation Representative, Sule tasked the President-elect to be just and fair to everyone in respective of tribe, colour or religion.
His words; “Sir, it is easy, I know it was easy when you were a military leader and what made it easy was justice. With justice, you can rule Nigeria well. Justice is the key, irrespective of tribes, religion and race, justice must be done to who so ever deserve it.
“Power can remain in the hands of an infidel if he’s just and fair but it will not remain in the hands of a believer if he’s unfair and unjust. Behind every crisis anywhere in the world is injustice and the solution to that is justice.
“The world itself can never be govern by force or by fear nor by power, in the end, what governs is the mind, what conquers is the spirit and what governs the mind and spirit are justice and fair play.
“I have always known you to be a man of justice and I ask you to please continue, don’t change or compromise justice for anything. May Allah Help you
“We know what we have gone through, I will ask you not to discriminate against any part of Nigeria but I’ll urge you to do justice to all part of Nigeria. Justice that will bring about peace and stability that’ll lead to the development of Nigeria.
“I know you believe that one day you’ll stand before God to give account of everything you’ve done here on earth, I’ll rather prefer that you disappoint me than to disappoint God your creator”.
But as if in response to the charge by Sule, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Governor-elect of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal weekend assured that Buhari would ensure justice in the sharing of political appointments, even as “the people of the South-South and South-East would have their fair share.”
The APC garnered its lowest votes from both geo-political zones, failing to record up to the minimum 25 per cent in most of the 11 states in the area. Of the nine states where elections were conducted therein, the APC could only clinch Imo.
Tambuwa, while emphasising that Buhari would be a Nigerian President and not that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the leadership of the party was consulting on how to zone political offices across the country.
He asserted that contrary to the belief that the APC is already at war over sharing of political offices, “the party is consulting and I am sure after consultation the party will announce its decision”.
Tambuwal, spoke on Sunday shortly after he receiving the traditional title of Onosejele(God sent) of Opoji kingdom, by the Onojie of Opoji, Ehidiamen Aidonojie 1.
The Speaker who was accompanied by Governor Adams Oshiomhole had earlier paid a condolence visit to the Minority Whip of the House, Samson Osagie, at Urhokuosa, Uhumnwonde Local Government Area of Edo State.
According to him, “now we have a brand new President, elections are over and the country is calm and quiet. All of us elected officials dedicate this victory to God Almighty. It is only God Almighty that gives power and he takes it away from who ever he designs at any time. Let me assure all Nigerians that our party, particularly the President Elect, Gen.Buhari will do justice to all manners of people of this great nation.
While expressing his appreciation to the people of Opoji Kingdom, Tambuwal said “I am particularly happy with His Highness for all his prayers both when I was tear gassed at the National Assembly by the police and during my election as Governor. Opoji is my second home and I am very grateful for this title”.