President Muhammadu Buhari says he would be bequeathing a home-grown economy, stable democracy as well as revamped security forces to Nigeria by the time he leaves office.
The President, was speaking at a dinner in honour of the 2022 Committee of Business, Political, Media and Civil Society Leaders, held at the State House, Abuja. He pledged his commitment to hand over a strong, repositioned, agriculture-led, diversified, home-grown economy, a stable democracy and revamped armed and security forces to the next administration.
The President, according to a statement by his Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, said he was looking forward to completing his tenure in 2023, leaving a legacy for a united, peaceful, and prosperous Nigeria with 24 years of uninterrupted democracy.
He expressed delight on the new consciousness by the Nigerian elites to work together with the political class and civil society in order to build a better Nigeria, Buhari noted that building consensus around issues of the economy, national security, governance, and such other critical areas of national life is a sure path to the future we seek to build.
On the activities of the Committee, the President acknowledged that he was aware that attendance at their inaugural meeting on Sunday cut across a broad section of the society in the public, private sectors, civil society, and the youth.
The President told the meeting that despite the enormous problems inherited when he assumed office almost seven years ago, he could look back with satisfaction that this administration has kept faith with the people and has done well even amid dwindling resources for reasons that are well beyond our control.
Responding to concerns raised by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on the resurgence of military takeovers in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso in August 2020, September 2021 and January 2022, respectively, the President said he strongly believed that, “Nigeria has passed through that stage for good.’’