President Muhammadu Buhari was on a state visit to Zamfara State yesterday.
Below was the speech he made.
I am glad to be here today to commission projects executed by the administration of His Excellency the governor of Zamfara state.
To me, coming to Zamfara state is homecoming for numerous reasons.
I have always enjoyed the overwhelming support of Zamfarawa since my first contest for presidency in 2003.
I am very grateful to the people of Zamfara: Men and women, old and young alike.
I am deeply impressed by work done by Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar.
I have known him as one of the performing governors since his first term in office.
I commend Governor Yari’s efforts and hope he will sustain the tempo in order to leave behind a more developed and more prosperous Zamfara state.
Since this Administration’s assumption of office in May 2015, the journey to fix the country and restore the hope of the common man in the Nigerian project began in earnest.
I therefore wish to call on everyone to think closely about Nigeria’s changing situation.
There is no easy money to throw around.
We must go back to farming, livestock rearing from which we could develop industries.
We must collectively put our hands on deck to ensure the success of our mission of re-engineering Nigeria.
If genuine efforts were made in the past to diversify the economy from absolute reliance on a single commodity, we would not have found ourselves in our current situation.
I however assure all Nigerians that the grim economic problems are a passing phase which all societies go through.
Meanwhile our security situation is improving not only in the north-east but all over the country.
We are confident that our macroeconomic policies as well as the monetary policies being implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria will lead to revitalization of industries and steady growth in significant sectors of the economy.
Our commitment to secure the country has already started yielding results.
Let me use this occasion to reiterate that government is determined more than ever before to deal decisively with any threat to the security of this nation from any quarters.
Part of the reasons I am personally here in Zamfara State to flag-off the military operations aimed at rooting out the menace of cattle rustlers and armed bandits not only in Zamfara State but the entire axis of north-west.
I also wish to reiterate to the people of Zamfara state and to Nigerians in general the commitment of my administration to restoring sanity in governance.
We shall continue to prosecute the war against corruption.
We do not wish or desire to humiliate or disgrace anybody but we must recover stolen funds and put them to correct public use.
My dear people of Zamfara state, I have listened to the series of requests put forward by your governor.
I assure you that we shall carefully study them and respond appropriately.
I am fully aware of the potentials of Zamfara State, most especially in agriculture livestocks and solid minerals.
As our administration is determined to diversify the economy of the country, Zamfara State is certainly
a fertile ground that must be harnessed to contribute to the over-all national effort.
May I also register my appreciation to the people and government of Zamfara State for the reception accorded me and my entourage.
Finally, it is my prayer that all the projects I commissioned will be of immense benefit to the people of Zamfara state.
Thank you for listening and Barka da Sallah.
Allah ya Bamu damana da kaka masu albarka, Amin.
By President Buhari