- President Muhammadu Buhari met with Borgu people from Niger, Kebbbi and Kwara states
- The delegation demanded for the creation of a Borgu state
- The president promised to look into their request
Borgu people from Niger, Kebbbi and Kwara states have paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari and demanded the creation of a Borgu state.
Daily Trust reports that they were led by the Emir of Borgu, Alhaji Muhammed Haliru Dantoro on Thursday, March 15.
The delegation included top Borgu traditional rulers and politicians including the spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.
The emir said the Borgu people in Niger, Kwara, and Kebbi where focused on having their own state.
He said: “It is our belief that if states will be created by this administration or subsequent administration, Borgu state should be considered because of the abundance of economic potentials needed to move Nigeria forward."
He also asked the government to help in tackling the challenges facing communities, hosting hydroelectric installations across the country, of which Borgu community is an integral part.
He said: “Establishment of export-oriented processing factories in major Borgu border towns particularly Yashikira and Babanna, to take advantage of the security and relative peace available across Borgu Kingdom.
“The establishment of an international border market at Babanna as planned will open up the agrarian communities of Yashikira, Gwanara, llesha, Okuta and Kishi through good linkage roads for the movement of farm produce to the international market.
In his response, President Buhari promised to tackle the problems affecting the nation.
He said: “I understand your shopping list. I hope the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has taken note. Since I’m not looking forward to another election, I will try to do what I can but I assure you the request of infrastructure in your domain would be looked into.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari says the federal government is doing its best to correct and reverse the terrible mismanagement the country had experienced, “and with some luck, our best will be good enough.”
The president stated this when he received a delegation of non-career Ambassadors, who came to State House, Abuja, to congratulate him on his re-election.
He said Nigeria was trying to live within her means, “so we can improve our lot,” adding that government was determined to upgrade the country’s profile, both locally and internationally.
President Buhari said it would be inexcusable for government not to take care of its Ambassadors in their various stations, hence the special attention being paid to the country’s foreign missions.
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