President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the major focus of his administration is the development of Nigeria beyond ethnicity, religious and geographical lines.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke while receiving the Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniya, Sheikh Ahmed Inyass, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari said, “We are very pleased with the prayers and support of the Tijjaniya for this administration and I assure you our interest is in all Nigerians, across ethnicity and religion. I know you are praying for the stability and prosperity of this country.”
He thanked the religious leader from Senegal for the visit, saying it underscored the importance of the religious group in promoting good governance in the country.
“I feel highly honoured, on behalf of my country, that the Sheikh has found time to come and see us while he is here to commiserate with the families of the late Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu.
“The Sheikh is in Nigeria where he has vast followers and we have people across families who go to Senegal every year, as much as a lot of people go to Mecca, to visit the tomb of your great father.”
In his remarks, Inyass commended the President for the good job he was doing in Nigeria, noting that “it is evident for all to see.”
“More than 40 million Tijjanyias are praying for your success because we believe the Almighty Allah has chosen you to lead Nigeria at this time and to actualise the dream of a great country,” he said.