He urged citizens to develop strong confidence in the country and security institutions in order to deny terrorists the chance to destabilize the country again.
The president said the government would continue to protect the right to education of Nigerian children, especially those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
”With the four months I have left as president, I will remain firm and I hope to retire in peace.
”We must develop strong confidence in our country. Let’s make sure we don’t compromise safety in any way because safety and economy are the most important things.
“We’ve been through a lot as a country, and I’m asking you to stand firm and make sure that we won’t let anyone mess us up again,” he said.
Buhari praised Governor Mai Mala Buni and his Borno counterpart Babagana Zulum for their role in rebuilding schools and health centers destroyed by insurgents.
He noted that the country had recovered, becoming stronger despite the attempts of the enemies of progress.
He also praised the Armed Forces, the police and other security teams for their sacrifices in protecting the country.
The president recounted that having fought to defend the unity of Nigeria during the civil war, those who were part of that experience would never “allow anyone to play games with this country again.”
In his statements, Buni recalled that the palace of the emir of Damaturu was invaded by terrorists in the heat of the insurgency.
“However, noteworthy today is that Yobe is one of the states that you liberated from the clutches of Boko Haram terrorists.
“Before, in this palace, even if you put down a billion dollars for someone to come and pick it up, no one dared to come near.
“But its incorporation has made history and the people of Yobe are enjoying relative peace,” he said.
In addition, Hashimi thanked the president for improving security in the country, saying “we have had bitter experiences in the past, but your administration has unified the country.”
News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari earlier inaugurated the Police Hospital, Police Secondary School, Police Headquarters and access roads initiated by Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba.
The president also inaugurated viable projects implemented by the Buni administration, including the Yobe Cargo Airport, ultra-modern market, maternal and child health complex, model school and 2,600 houses.
NAN also reports that the Yobe government organized a banquet in honor of the president who is on an official visit to the state.