God foiled deliberate attempts to destroy Nigeria — Buhari
On Monday in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) said God had foiled "deliberate attempts to destroy Nigeria."
Buhari also stated that the country had "recovered" from its difficult times, thanking members of the Armed Forces and police for their sacrifices in protecting the country.
"A deliberate attempt was made to destroy Nigeria, but God did not allow it," Buhari made the remarks at the palace of Damaturu's Emir, Hashimi II El-Kanemi.
This is according to a statement signed by the President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and titled, 'With victory over terrorists, we must develop strong confidence in our country, President Buhari says'.
The President expressed delight at the restoration of normalcy in Yobe State and North-East Nigeria, and thanked Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni and his Borno State counterpart, Prof Babagana Zulum, for their perseverance in rebuilding schools, health centers, and institutions destroyed by misguided terrorists.
"There was a deliberate attempt to destroy Nigeria, but God did not permit it," he said, adding that "God has helped Nigeria to bounce back."
The President recalled that those who fought to defend Nigeria's unity during the Civil War would never "allow anybody to fiddle with this country again."
The President also urged Nigerians to have faith in their country and its security institutions, and to never allow a terrorist group to destabilize Nigeria again.
In his final four months in office, Buhari vowed to continue protecting every Nigerian child's right to an education, particularly those displaced from their homes by Boko Haram.
"With the four months I have left as President, I will continue to be steadfast and I hope that I will retire in peace.
"We must instill strong faith in our country. Let us make certain that we do not jeopardize security in any way, because security and economy are the most important things.
"We have been through so much as a country, and I implore you to remain steadfast and ensure that we do not allow anyone to disorganize us again," he said.
Governor Buni informed the President that the Palace of the Emir of Damaturu had been overrun by terrorists during the battle against insurgency.
"'Before, nobody dared to come near this Palace even if you left a billion dollars for someone to come and pick it up. But your arrival has changed that, and the people of Yobe are now living in relative peace," Buni said.
The Emir also expressed gratitude to the President for improved security in the country, saying, "We have had bitter experiences in the past, but your administration has unified the country."
Following the courtesy visit to the Emir's palace, Buhari went on to unveil several projects carried out by the state government and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force.
They include the ultra-modern state Command Headquarters, the Police Tertiary Hospital and access roads, and the Police Secondary School, all of which were designed and built by Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police.
He also unveiled the Damaturu ultra-modern market, the Maternal and Child Health Complex at the Yobe State Teaching Hospital, the 2,600-household Potiskum housing estate, and the Damaturu Mega School at new Bra-Bra, all of which were built by Governor Buni.
Earlier, and shortly after his arrival from Yola, Adamawa State, the President inaugurated Yobe International Cargo Airport, which bears his name.
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