President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his regrets that the Boko Haram sect had been diverting people’s attention from the numerous achievements his administration had succeeded in undertaking with their violent activities in some parts of the country.
He, however, assured the public that the federal government would soon end the insurgency.
Jonathan, who spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Bauchi, Bauchi State, Alhaji Rilwan Adamu on Thursday in continuation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential rallies, said his administration had worked hard to justify the massive support he got from the people during the 2011 general election promising that if re-elected, he would work with Bauchi leaders to develop the mineral resources in the state as part of measures to diversify the country’s economy away from crude oil.
The president said: “When we moved round in 2011, we got massive support from you and since then, we have been working hard to justify your support. Insha Allahu, we will also succeed this time.
“The unfortunate Boko Haram excesses are taking attention away from our numerous achievements.
“Everybody wants security, everybody wants to be safe and to be able to move freely. I am therefore assuring you that we will bring the situation to a reasonable degree and will eventually end it very soon.
“We have worked very hard to improve agriculture and ended decades of fertilizer scam. We want Nigerian farmers to grow crop three times a year.
“We are thinking of different options to fully diversify our economy due to the fall in the global price of oil and Bauchi is one of the states we will tap into its solid mineral potentials.”
The emir commended government’s efforts aimed at ending the insurgency and rescuing the over 200 abducted Chibok girls.
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