President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Daura, Katsina State, appealed to businessmen, contractors and other privileged Nigerians who are beneficiaries of government patronage to always engage in Corporate Social Responsibility, instead of seeking to favor individuals with gifts.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the president made the remarks when he visited the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar, at his palace.
Buhari was quoted as saying: “I don’t want your cheque. Go and assist our communities.
“We don’t want cheques from anyone or organisation as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities.”
The president said he would love to visit Daura more frequently, but for the high cost of presidential movements and exposing security personnel to the weather, assuring that his heart remains with the people.
Buhari noted that the grace of God had kept Nigeria together as a country despite differences that led to a 30-month civil war.
“We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into political crisis. We had a 30-month civil war that resulted in the loss of about a million lives.
“We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress. May God continue to bless them,” he added.
In his remarks, the Emir thanked the president for always creating time to visit his hometown and the palace despite his tight schedule.
“Your visit to Daura reflects your good character which we are very proud of. I can assure you that men, women, children, marketers and artisans are always pleased to receive you and they will be praying for you.
“Today is not for speeches but for appreciation. We have been blessed so much as a community because you are the leader of the country. You have brought honour to our domain.
“As a community, we have benefited a lot with increased traffic of people and organisations coming to help us here. We know it’s because of you.
“May the good Lord always go before you and behind you, and remove all obstacles from your path,” he added.
The Emir advised the president to remain focused in getting results, particularly in securing the country.
At the meeting, the Emir publicly announced the conferment of the title of Talban Daura on Yusuf Buhari, son of President Buhari.
He said a date would be announced for the turbaning ceremony of the president’s son.
The Emir also announced the creation of a district in the community of the president, with headquarters in Dimurkol.
He said the turbaning of young Buhari and creation of the District was to further extend and deepen the long relationship between the palace and the family.