By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian elites to be prepared to make sacrifices for the nation to be free of corruption, poverty and underdevelopment.
According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garbage Shehu, the President gave the charge in his country home in Daura, Katsina state at a meeting with Katsina Senior Citizens led by the state governor, Rt. Hon. Amin Masari.
The President noted that in the life of a country, there are occasions when citizens must forgo personal pleasures or pay the ultimate price for the progress and unity of the nation.
‘‘The Nigeria of our time is in need of sacrifices by all citizens to free it from corruption, poverty, crime and underdevelopment,’’ the President charged.
While commending members of the Forum for complementing his administration’s efforts at national development, the President assured them that the security of lives, property and prosperity of all Nigerians will continue to receive priority attention.
In his remarks, Masari said the delegation was in the President’s country home to condole with him on the death of two members of his extended family.
Masari also extended the Forum’s commiseration with the President over the recent auto-accident involving his son, Yusuf, and thanked God Almighty for his survival and subsequent discharge from the hospital.
The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk, the Galadima of Katsina and retired former President of Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir were among those who attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Maradun in Zamfara, Alhaji Garba Tambari, who also paid a condolence visit to the President pledged the unflinching support of the traditional institution to Federal government policies and programmes geared towards improving the welfare of Nigerians.