Critical discussions on national matters were transferred from Nigeria to Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), two Northern governors, the incoming governor of Katsina State, and several other top Nigerian officials.
On the fifth day of his official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President Buhari met with the chairman of the anti-graft commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, as well as the governors of Yobe and Borno states, Mai Mala Buni and Babagana Zulum, the governor-elect of Katsina and Dr. Dikko Radda. He also met with the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
During the meeting, the EFCC Chairman briefed President Buhari on efforts to conclude ongoing court cases and the plan to prosecute more offenders and further briefed President Buhari on the arrests of several suspects in connection with election fraud and the plan to take them to court.
Speaking at the meeting, President Buhari told the Nigerian leaders that whatever the country had achieved was due to the power of its democracy and the power of the country’s institutions, which according to him, must continue to be strengthened.
However, despite a series of reports on the progressive terrorists’ activities in their states, the governors of Borno and Yobe states who spoke separately after the meetings, said they remained appreciative of the efforts of President Buhari in curbing the threats of Boko Haram terrorists in their states and that they were happy that peace had been restored.
The governors promised to remain loyal to President Buhari and continue to work for the betterment of their people.
Also speaking, the Katsina State governor-elect, Radda gave assurances of his commitment to an open and transparent government as promised during the campaign.
The governors and the rest of the officials joined President Buhari to observe the afternoon prayers in Mecca after the meeting.