President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that the nation will overcome the prevailing situation of insecurity in parts of the country.
The President spoke when he met with a faction of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement at the State House in Abuja led by the Grand Khalifa of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement WorldWide.
The President also noted that his administration is well aware of its responsibility with regards to security and will continue to do its best.
He urged Nigerians to be fair to his government in assessing the security issue in the country by reflecting on what obtained at the time he took over in 2015.
According to him, some of the successes, have marked a decisive break from the past, particularly in the Northeast and the South-South, while promising that even the Northwest which has given the nation some “headache” will experience a turnaround for the better.
He also urged citizens to take responsibility and show interest in the affairs of their own security and complement what the government is doing, saying: “we have done our best and we will continue to do more by pursuing coherent and consistent policies to deal with terrorism. I hope God will listen to our prayers.”
He joined them in praying that God will give guidance and strength to leaders to be accountable and do right in all things that they do.
The movement prayed on Saturday in Kano asking for divine intercession to improve security in Nigeria.
Turning to Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Governor of Kano State who brought the Grand Khalifa to Nigeria, President Buhari said:
“We thank you for inviting them to come to pray for peace and stability in our country.
“We are grateful that they agreed to come.”
In the entourage were Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, the leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement in Nigeria and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.
The Grand Khalifa, Tidjani Ali Bin Arabi is from Algeria.
Governor Ganduje, in introducing the Khalifa and his delegation, said the government of Kano State invited the Tijjaniyya World Leader to the country to lead the faithful in prayer considering the complexities around security in particular.
He said the visit of the Grand Khalifa had also rekindled the old ties between the Tijjaniya and the many cultural and educational institutions in Nigeria.
The Tijjaniyya leader in the country, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi and the Grand Khalifa, Tidjani Ali Bin Arabi extolled the existing cordial relations between Nigeria and Algeria and prayed for guidance and blessings for the country and its leaders.
The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido also leads another Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.
Sanusi is the khalifa of the movement in Nigeria, whose official name used in Lokoja was JAM’IYYATU ANSARIDDEEN ATTIJANIYYA.