President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that some Nigerians with wealthy resources and influence are behind the ethnic violence in some parts of the country.
He made this on Tuesday during a meeting with a delegation of leaders from Borno and Yobe states in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President assured that these influential Nigerians would be identified and dealt with in due course.
He said: “I am confident that we will eventually convince the small number of people with resources and influence that are a nuisance to this great country. God willing, we will identify them, and deal with them. I am extremely concerned about your constituency like the rest of the country.”
The Nigerian leader expressed appreciation to the leaders for coming to terms with the positive improvement that has occurred in the states since the inception of the administration.
Buhari noted that the stability of the country was of paramount interest to him and the federal government would continue to work towards it despite the actions of a few people.
He said: “We need this country. We will continue to work for its stability. I feel that whatever happens, we will continue to make it, and will keep on praying to God so that for those who feel that they don’t need Nigeria, we will succeed over their intentions and actions.”
Other political and community leaders at the meeting include former Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima; Ministers of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Shehuri; and that of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu.
Also at the meeting are the Secretary to Government of the Federation(SGF), Boss Mustapha; Chief of Statff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk.
Similarly, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.); and the Director-General of Department of State Service(DSS), Yusuf Bichi, were also in attendance.