The wife of the president, Hajia Aisha Buhari, has apologized to Nigerians for the hardship and security concerns the country is currently experiencing.
On Friday, September 30, the National Mosque Conference Hall in Abuja hosted the 62nd Independence Day Special Juma’at Prayer and Public Lecture with the theme “Shura: The Islamic Foundation of True Democracy.” At that time, the apology was made by the First Lady.
According to her, the economy has been impacted by the devaluation of the naira and the continued drop in the foreign exchange rate, which has also presented many difficulties for Nigerians in the sectors of education, health, and other daily activities.
She praised the military and other security forces, though, and wished them continuing success in their campaign against terrorists, bandits, and kidnappers.
She urged Nigerians to pray for a smooth election and transition plan. “Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, as you may be aware, this government is making its leave and probably witnessing the final anniversary of the dictatorship, I pray,” she added.
“The government may not have been flawless, but I want to take use of this chance to ask for forgiveness from the Ulamas and Nigerians as a whole. To make Nigeria great, we all must cooperate.
“Your Excellencies, distinguished visitors, it is also apparent that our naira is being examined and that the impact of the foreign exchange rate on our economy has resulted in significant hardship and challenges for our folks’ access to healthcare, education, and other day-to-day activities.
“We must get together to combat security threats. Although the government’s efforts are greatly appreciated, it’s crucial to be aware that other initiatives have been implemented to mitigate the consequences and offer alternatives, including those in agriculture, entrepreneurship, and participation of youth and women.
“I have implemented intentional initiatives and programs aimed at enhancing the quality of women, youth, and children through my Aisha Buhari and Future Assured. I have empowered numerous communities as a result of this effect. I’m grateful to all of my acquaintances, well-wishers, and foreign organizations—that is, my development partners—as well as the wives of governors and military commanders.
“I’m very pleased that our security personnel have more than ever met the challenges of security. And even now, their activities have contributed to the spread of banditry, kidnapping, and many other social problems. I salute the efforts of our brave security personnel and I want to hope for continued success in their work, she continued.