President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday disclosed that the insecurity and corruption challenges confronting the country were a product of decades of under-investment in education and healthcare.
While expressing condolence to the governor and the people of Adamawa State over the loss of his father, Alhaji Umaru Badami, President Buhari prayed for the repose of his soul.
He said: “I am delighted to receive your delegation today. Adamawa is home away from home to me as you are all aware. Therefore, this meeting is more or less, a family gathering.
“I am pleased to hear your remarks, specifically focused on issues around education and health. These areas remain priorities for this government, especially as we strive to achieve social inclusion and collective prosperity for all Nigerians.
“Many of the issues confronting our nation today, especially in the areas of insecurity and corruption, are directly or indirectly linked to the decades of under-investment in education and healthcare
“At the federal level, we are doing our best to address these issues. But the Federal Government cannot do it alone. We need the state and local governments to do their part. This is not about politics. It is the reality.
“Today, majority of Nigerians are below 20 years old. And it is projected that our population growth rate will remain amongst the fastest in the world. This means any plans we have today must take into account the needs of tomorrow
“I have taken note of your requests and recommendations. We shall review and act accordingly. I would suggest however that you make a formal written submission to my office in due course,” he added.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, Fintri, who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that the state governments need to support the Federal Government in the areas of agriculture, human development and roads, especially the federal roads that have dilapidated in states.
He also said that the focus of his administration in Adamawa was on security, education and infrastructure development, among others.
The governpr dsaid: “We have given a very serious attention to security, health, infrastructure and education, agriculture and human development.
“I want to see that our youths are completely emancipated, empowered so that we don’t have the youth restiveness that we had that culminated into the Boko Haram.
“When I came in Adamawa, I met a serious challenge of youth criminality, which was nick-named “ASILA” and today they are no more. So, these are serious areas of concern and I have given it a serious attention and it’s working well.”
On why he led a delegation of the people to see the president when his state is considered as stronghold of the opposition PDP, he said, that his concerns were about governance and the welfare of the people and not politics or elections.
He said: “Today, we are not talking about election; we are talking about governance. Really, we have come to see Mr. President and if you see from the cream of the personalities that we came with, they cut across party lines and ethnic nationalities.
“We look at ourselves first as Adamawa and second, the problem that concern us and we have come to where it would be solved. By God’s grace, we have made our cry loud and it would be solved by Mr. President.”