The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has called on traditional rulers across the country to rally their subjects behind the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara spoke when he visited the Emir of Argungu in Kebbi State Alh Samaila Muhammad Mera, in his palace
“We have seen the good intention of Mr President in addressing the socio-economic challenges in the country but he can only succeed with the prayers and support of Nigerians,” the speaker said.
Dogara, maintained that as fathers and custodians of our cultures and traditions, traditional rulers have a major role to play in mobilising their subjects to pray for and support efforts of the government to tackle the mirage of problems it inherited.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the Buhari administration to extend the same vigour and spirit with which it fights against corruption and insurgency in combating the current economic challenges in the country.
“Considering the mismanagement of resources by the previous administration, it is obvious that Nigerians will experience some sort of difficulties similar to what we are facing currently. But I’m confident that the Federal government is capable of extending the spirit with which it is fighting corruption and other menaces in tackling poverty, unemployment and other economic challenges bedevilling the nation,” Dogara said.
The speaker recalled that before the inception of the current administration, some states were owing between five and seven months of workers’ salaries.
In his response, the Emir Alh Muhammad Mera commended the House of Representatives under the leadership of Hon Dogara for supporting the Executive arm of the government through legislative interventions in the administration’s efforts in bringing succour to the citizens.
Alh Mera expressed his gratitude to the Buhari-led administration for implementing the Anchor Borrower programme which helped in boosting rice production in his domain.