Nigerian leader President Muhammadu Buhari met with Catholic bishops at Aso Rock Villa.
A former presidential press aide, Bashir Ahmad, revealed on Wednesday, January 11, that President Buhari received executives from the Nigerian Conference of Catholic Bishops in audience in Abuja.
Buhari said that during his recent visits to Yobe and Adamawa states, people and officials said that the situation had improved since 2015, especially in Borno.
He revealed that it was a fraudulent plot to destroy Nigeria and added that no one should say that people should not be educated.
He is quoted as saying:
“Boko Haram was simply fraudulent and a plot to destroy Nigeria. It cannot be said that people should not learn; people need to grow intellectually.”
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Buhari noted that his government would continue to rebuild the infrastructure in the parts of the country affected by the terrorist attacks.
The meeting comes weeks after Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC0) presidential candidate, held talks with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Ahmad shared moments of the president’s meeting with religious leaders on Twitter.
At the meeting, the president promised Nigerians that he would reposition the nation’s economy and improve security before leaving office.
Buhari stated that while the recorded gains in security would further consolidate, more attention would be paid to the economy, adding that lending nations have full confidence in Nigeria based on its ability to utilize resources and repay loans.
“We are credible; that is why the countries and institutions agreed to support our development with loans.
“If we look at the economy, we are trying to trust ourselves more. Nigerians are more dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, and we are doing everything we can to help more people and diversify.”
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According to the president, multi-party democracy is better than military rule and described the Catholic bishop of the Sokoto diocese, Matthew Kukah, as a vigorous fighter.