President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday charged contractors who have enjoyed government patronage as well as other privileged citizens to use their resources to support less privileged members of society.
President Buhari gave the charge when he paid a visit to the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar.
He said passing gifts and ‘cheques’ to people in authority or already comfortable to buy favour is not the right approach.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari challenged beneficiaries of government patronage to go to their respective communities and engage in corporate social responsibilities.
The President said: “I don’t want your cheque. Go and assist our communities” instead of trying to return kickbacks to public officers, including his office.
“We don’t want cheques from anyone or organisation as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities,” he said.
The President noted he would love to visit Daura more frequently but for the high cost of presidential movements and exposing security personnel to the weather, assuring his heart remains with the people.
“We are known for farming and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks and no one can stop me.
“But the cost to the movement is high. I would rather that it be used to better our schools, clinics and hospitals,” said the President.
The President said the grace of God had kept Nigeria together as a country in spite of 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 months 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.
The President, who recalled fond memories of visiting the Palace as a military Head of State, expressed happiness that the warmth and hospitality of the traditional institution had been sustained over the years.
At the meeting, the Emir publicly announced 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, which might likely be before his marriage.
The Emir also announced creation of a District in the community of the President, with headquarters in Dimurkol.
He said the turbaning of younger Buhari and creation of the District was to further extend and deepen the long relationship between the Palace and the family.
He said the decision was in agreement with the kingmakers in Daura Emirate Council.
During the visit, the Palace used the opportunity to clarify the difference between two titles, Talban Hausa, given to Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea and Talban Daura designated for Yusuf, the President’s son.
The Palace explained that Daura, as the linchpin of the Hausa society had conferred titles that have bearing on the Hausa Kingdom and those that are specific to the Emirate.