President Goodluck Jonathan says his administration has achieved a lot but his achievements are being overshadowed by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.
He said this at the palace of the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwan Suleiman Adamu, on Thursday, shortly before addressing a political rally in the state capital.
Jonathan, however, assured that his administration would soon put an end to insurgency in Nigeria.
“When we moved round in 2011, we got massive support from you and since then, we have been working hard to justify your support. Insha Allahu, we will also succeed this time.
“The unfortunate Boko Haram excesses are taking attention away from our numerous achievements. Everybody wants security, everybody wants to be safe and to be able to move freely.
“I am, therefore, assuring you that we will bring the situation to a reasonable degree and will eventually end it very soon.
“We have worked very hard to improve agriculture and ended decades of fertiliser scam. We want Nigerian farmers to crop three times a year.
“We are thinking of different options to fully diversify our economy due to the fall in the global price of oil and Bauchi is one of the states we will tap into its solid mineral potentials,” Jonathan said.
In his response, the emir commended Jonathan for his respect and love for traditional institution. He also praised him for steps taken to tackle insurgency in the North-East. He expressed hope that the school girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, Borno State, would soon be rescued.
He also commended the president over his commitment to free and fair elections, as well as the Abuja peace accord he recently endorsed with other presidential candidates. He noted that the accord would encourage Nigerians to embrace peace before, during and after next month’s general election.