President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Christian leaders in Nigeria of appointing persons into political positions based on merit and national spread.
He also restated his commitment to leaving Nigeria better than he met it in 2015.
He stated this when he received the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by Reverend Dr. Samson Ayokunle, the President, in Abuja on Friday, noting that his administration would continue to address important national challenges, including security, economy and corruption.
CAN leadership was at the State House to congratulate Buhari on his re-election, and the President told them the outcome of the just concluded polls underscores the trust Nigerians have in the present leadership in the country.
“We will continue to strive for peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs. “In the area of allocation of political offices, our focus will be on merit and national spread such that every part of Nigeria will have a sense of belonging. We remain resolute in the fight against terrorism and insurgency, and efforts to bring back all those in captivity and other victims of kidnappings will be intensified,” Buhari said.
Commending the important roles religious bodies have played in the last four years of the administration, the President pledged to continue supporting several programmes anchored by the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), geared towards peace, tolerance, unity and harmony in our country.
In his remarks, Ayokunle prayed to God to grant Buhari “everything it takes to perform hundred times better than” his first term, stressing that the organisation had the success of this administration at heart.
He welcomed the President’s pledge to run an inclusive government in a speech shortly after his re-election, noting that the gesture would give all in the country a sense of belonging. The leadership of the Christian body in Nigeria also called for ethnic and religious balance in the selection of leadership of the ninth National Assembly.
While appealing to the President to task security agencies to be more proactive in their duties, the CAN leader made a passionate request for deliberate and relentless efforts to free Leah Sharibu, other Chibok girls and Nigerians in the captivity of insurgents.