By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru, on Thursday played host a large delegation of Jigawa state government officials led by the Governor, Mallam Umar Namadi at the Ship House in Abuja.
The delegation which comprised traditional rulers, religious leaders, the business community and public office holders including commissioners, state and federal legislators as well as party officials from the state had visited Badaru to congratulate him on his recent appointment as minister.
Badaru was the immediate past governor of the North Western state of Jigawa where he ruled for eight years.
Addressing the delegation, the Minister urged them to continue to pray for an end to the security challenges in the country.
He said that with the complexities of the security challenges and other aspects of national development, “one could only but ask for prayers to succeed”.
The defence minister, noted that though the task before them was enormous, they were determined to surmount the challenges.
Earlier, the Jigawa governor said that the visit was to congratulate the minister and assure him of their support at all times.
“It is not only to say congratulations, but also to pray for you. We know how you succeed as the governor of our state, we also pray for you to achieve same or even more in this new task as the Minister of Defence.” READ ALSO:
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Namadi reminded the minister that Nigerians have high expectations that he would priotise and deal with insecurity in the country, adding “once you can do this, it covers every aspect of the nation”.
“We are lucky that we are peaceful in Jigawa, but that does not mean that we don’t need your assistance, we also need your assistance as you help other states.” Namadi added.