President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said Nigerians in the areas affected by Boko Haram insurgency are in the best position to provide correct assessments of the changes that have taken place since he assumed office in 2015. Receiving a delegation from King Salman of Saudi Arabia at the Presidential Villa, the President said the administration was mindful of the three-pronged promises made to Nigerians before the 2015 elections, and assured that he remained undeterred and focused on securing the lives and properties of all Nigerians.
“From the very time we came until now, we have been able to do our best, and we remain focused on delivering on our promises,’’ he said.
The President told the Saudi Arabian delegation that the priority of the present administration had so far been on securing the country, buoying the economy and curbing corruption so that Nigerians would start benefitting from the rich natural and human resources of the country. He also expressed appreciation to the King Salman Aid and Relief Centre, and the Saudi Development Fund for providing relief materials worth $10 million to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the NorTheast.
In his remarks, the Minister of Defence, Mohammed Dan-Ali said the delegation from Saudi Arabia had already visited the Ministry of Defence, Defence Headquarters and taken a tour of IDP camps in Maiduguri as part of their schedule.
The Leader of the Saudi Arabian delegation, Nasser Bin Mutlaq, said the visit and the donation of materials was an extension of the good relations the two countries had shared over the years. “We are directed to offer materials and food for the displaced persons in the NorTheast worth 10 million dollars. We have had a field visit to the places and seen the humanitarian situation ourselves,’’ he said.