President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment toward addressing the security challenges facing the country.
The president spoke at a gala night in Lafia organized in his honor by the Nasarawa State Government as part of activities marking his two-day official visit to the state.
Buhari said that his administration was doing its best to secure the country.
“The insurgency in parts of the Northwest and parts of the North Central is being tackled with full force.
“We shall continue to cooperate with the affected states to confront the challenges head-on,” the president said.
Buhari expressed delight with the warm reception accorded him by the people and for supporting the ideals of the All-Progressives Congress administration.
He commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for ensuring the sustenance of peace and harmonious coexistence among the diverse ethnic groups in the state.
The president also thanked the Nasarawa government for its commitment to providing infrastructure, saying the state complemented Federal Government’s efforts.
He said that all the projects he inaugurated in the state would go a long way in uplifting the state’s economic status and reducing poverty.
In his remarks, Sule expressed appreciation to the president for visiting the state to inaugurate some projects.
He commended the president for the feats achieved so far in security, the fight against corruption, and the revitalization of the economy.
Sule noted that the state had benefited immensely from the president’s assistance through various Federal Government projects, programs, and appointments of the state’s indigenes into various national offices.
The governor, however, appealed to the president to consider the takeover of the Lafia airport as an alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
He also called for the conversation of the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia to a teaching hospital for the Federal University of Lafia to enhance the training of medical personnel.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the projects inaugurated by the president included the CBN complex in Lafia and the 330KVA Power Substation in Akurba, Lafia.
He also inaugurated the Mega Bus Terminals in Lafia and Karu, Lafia Vocational Training Centre, and the Shinge-Kilema- Barkin Abdullahi Road in Lafia.