President Muhammadu Buhari says the current economic
crisis plaguing the nation is a blessing in disguise.
Buhari said this at the opening ceremony of the International
Islamic Conference on Peace and Nation Building in Abuja
The President said that through the hardship, Nigerians would
be able to come up with ideas that would in turn lead to
He said, “The global economic challenges the world is
grappling with today might well turn out to be a blessing for
us in Nigeria, because it will stimulate the latent economic
opportunities that we have left untapped for decades.
“Poverty breeds disaffection, which in turn leads to crime and
lawlessness including confrontation against the State. To
checkmate this, we must work hard to lift our economy,
engage our youth and rebuild infrastructure.
“We can only achieve these with the full cooperation of all
Nigerians and under a stable polity. We are determined to do
this and we shall not be deterred.
”Buhari lamented the level of official corruption in the
nation, adding that it led to many years of hardship for
He, however, promised to do everything possible to curb the
While declaring the conference open, the President
commended the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’a Wa Iqamatis Sunna
and the Muslim World League for the event at a time when
the nation is grappling with insecurity.
Buhari, who described Boko Haram as a mindless terrorist
organisation, said the Federal Government was winning the
fight against insurgency.
He said once the war is over, the government would
commission a sociological study to determine the origin, the
remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors,
its international connections if any, to ensure that measures
are taken to prevent a resurgence.