Some residents of Nasarawa State have expressed confidence in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the various challenges facing the country.
Some of the locals who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Saturday said the broadcast of President’s Independence Day, highlighting the achievements in the various sectors, was quite reassuring.
However, they urged the federal government to step up the pace, especially on security and the economy.
Mr Malle Moses, a resident of Keffi, said the administration had achieved honorable results in the areas of agriculture, health, education, transport and youth empowerment through the different intervention programs.
“I am convinced that Mr. President has the political will to bring this country to a greater height on the basis of the achievements to date.
“I want to call on the President not to give in to taking new measures to fight against insecurity in the country,” he said.
In addition, Hajiya Rabi Usman, a businesswoman, wants the federal government to set up a marketing board to control the prices of food and other items.
Mr. Solomon Godwin, a young activist, Mrs. Helen Ajegena and Zainab Ibrahim, all residents of Lafia, thanked the president for increasing the number of N-Power beneficiaries from 500,000 to one million, thus giving the possibility to more of young people to empower themselves.
Mr. Benjamin Ango, lecturer at Isa Mustapha Agwai Lafia Polytechnic, urged the government to do more to tackle insecurity in order to avoid a severe food shortage in the country.
Another resident, Hajiya Nana Muhammad, the president’s emphasis on dialogue for peaceful conflict resolution despite ethnic, religious and other differences was vital.
She expressed optimism that Nigeria would be great again despite the current temporary challenges.
Muhammad urged Nigerians to support the government in promoting peace and unity for development to flourish in the country.