The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru, on Thursday reiterated his commitment to surmounting the daunting security challenges plaguing the nation

Badaru said this when played host to a large delegation of Jigawa state government officials led by the Governor, Mallam Umar Namadi at the Ship House in Abuja.

The Minister who received the delegation thank them for the support they gave him during his 8 years rule as the Governor of the state and even as a minister of Defense.

He also called on the delegation to constantly pray for him to Surmount the security challenges the country is faced with.

“With the complexities of the security challenges and other aspects of national development, one could only but ask for prayers to succeed”.

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.

Speaking earlier on the reason for the visit, 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 succeeded 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.”

Namadi reminded the minister that Nigerians have high expectations that he would prioitise 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.