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President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend in Daura, Katsina State, challenged Nigerians, particularly the elite, to be prepared to make sacrifices as a foundation for national growth and development.

In a statement, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari who made the remark in a meeting with senior citizens of Katsina State led by Governor Aminu Masari, added that in the life of a country, there are occasions when citizens must forgo personal pleasures or pay the ultimate price for the progress and unity of the country.

‘‘The Nigeria of our time is in need of sacrifices by all citizens to free it from corruption, poverty, crime and underdevelopment,’’ the president was quoted as saying.
The statement also said Buhari commended members of the group for complementing his administration’s efforts on national development, adding that the president assured them that security of lives, property and prosperity of all Nigerians would continue to receive priority attention.

Furthermore, the statement said Masari told Buhari that the delegation visited him to condole with him over the recent death of two members of his extended family and also commiserate with him  over the recent auto-accident involving his son, Yusuf, thanking God for his survival and subsequent discharge from the hospital.

“The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk, the Galadima of Katsina and retired former President of Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir were among those who attended the meeting.
“Meanwhile, the Emir of Maradun in Zamfara, Alhaji Garba Tambari, who also paid a condolence visit to the President pledged the unflinching support of the traditional institution to Federal government policies and programmes geared towards improving the welfare of Nigerians,” the statement added.