The wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has apologised to Nigerians over the effects of escalating insecurity and economic hardship on them being presided over by her husband.
She made the appeal yesterday at the 62nd Independence Day Special Jumaat Prayer and Public Lecture with the theme, Shura: The Islamic Foundation of True Democracy” held at the National Mosque Conference Hall, Abuja.
Mrs. Buhari stated that the combined monster of insecurity and economic hardship across the land in the past seven years had made life unbearable for Nigerians.
She apologized to Nigerians for the excruciating hardship they were facing.
While praising the military for their gallantry in keeping the country together, the First Lady said the devaluation of the Naira and drop in foreign exchange had imposed an additional burden on Nigerians seeking education, health, and other activities.
“It is noticeable that our Naira is being evaluated and the foreign exchange rate has affected our economy causing a lot of hardship and difficulties in terms of education, health and other day-to-day activities of our citizens,” she said.
She urged Nigerians to be united, adding that unity can help reduce the security challenges, and commended the government for putting in place palliatives on agriculture, entrepreneurship, and youth and women engagement to cushion the effects and provide alternatives.
“I myself through my Aisha Buhari and Future Assured have put in place deliberate efforts and programs focused on improving the quality of women, youth and children. Through this effect, I have empowered many communities. I appreciate all my partners and collaborators, the wives of the governors, the wives of service chiefs, my associates, well-wishers, and international bodies, that is development partners, I thank them all.
“I’m particularly happy that our security agents have stood up to the challenges of security more than ever before. And at the moment, their efforts have been pushing the effects of banditry, kidnapping and many other ills in society. I commend the efforts of our gallant security men and women and I want to pray for more successes in their operations,” Mrs Buhari said.