IPOB Is Like A Dot, If They Exit They’ve No Access To Anywhere, I’m Impressed With S’South Leaders, Youths -Buhari |RN

Muhammadu Buhari

The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari made the rare appearance talking to the press for years since he took power in 2015. Several incidents have taken place and he never found it worth to talk to the press. There has been many calls from every strata of the Nigerian society calling him to speak on insecurity, mass killings and kidnappings and many more and he has not spoken but give prerecorded speeches.

The taciturn and almost reclusive president finally granted an interview to Arise Television and online television owned by ThisDay newspaper.

Below are excerpts from his time with the Arise journalists.

“Dividing Nigeria to piecemeal is not any solution. It’s a wrong signal to all investors. So each Republic will become a paradise? How do we share what United us? What we have done together within such a record time? I’m surprised Nigerian elites watch these uniformed lots to make criminal statements everyday. We are all better off as Nigerians”

Your Government borrow more?

“The previous earn more with nothing on ground. Did you ask them where they kept our money? If I knew where, may be I would not borrow. They sold oil at $100, we sell at $25 sometimes. They wasted money on power, no light, no road, no rail. We are the ones constructing bridges, building roads and rails. Today, I’m commissioning Lagos Ibadan Railway, I will commission Lagos Ibadan Expressway later, I will commission more across the country. No country can survive without infrastructures…..”

“Two South West governors came to me to say cattle rearers are destroying farms in their states, I asked them what happened to the grassroot security panels from Traditional Rulers to Local Governments who meet regularly to identify the root of their problems and identify crooks within their environment and apprehend the criminals, Who destroyed this system? Go back and fix it, give your people sense of belongings. I don’t like it when people campaign to become governors and people trusted them with their votes and after winning, they can’t perform, they’re trying to push responsibilities to others. ……..we have three tiers of Government, Federal, State and Local. We have killed the Local Government totally. We will send N300m as allocation to a Local Government, one Governor will ask the LG Chairman to sign that he collected N300m but he will give him N100m and the Chairman will keep quiet… that how we will continue?”

“I am particularly impressed with the South-South leaders regarding their stand about Nigeria. Both their elders and youths. None told me what they said, I listened to them myself and their message was clear. God bless them all…”

“My statement about speaking language is very simple. It is meant for all criminals in Nigeria. What it means for the IPOB is that I will go after them through the military and police and rid them of their criminal tendencies. I have no regret whatsoever…..”

“That IPOB is just like a dot in a circle. Even if they want to exit, they will have no access to anywhere.
“And the way they are spread all over the country, having businesses and property, I don’t think IPOB knows what they are talking about.
“In any case, we say we’ll talk to them in the language that they understand. We’ll organise the police and the military to pursue them.”

“Take the North West for example, people with same language and culture are killing themselves, stealing each other’s properties. Imagine the madness. Well, I have now told the military and the Police to be brutal. From now, we will speak the language they understand and in the coming weeks, you’ll get exactly what I am saying………”

But there are some senior officers that will leave because of new Service Chiefs?

‘Yes, in the military, only those who are always with the troops lead the troops”

“……..You’re saying someone who had gone through military and police training all his life should not be appointed to lead the military or police department he works with just because we must balance appointments? What are you saying? The system didn’t restrict anyone from joining the military or the police, and if you decided not to join, we will not force you but you too will not force us to bring someone who is not qualified in training and experience when it comes to leadership of these institutions just because we want to balance some appointments……..”

“APC have no other strategy to win elections apart from mobilising people from bottom to top as seen in our party membership registration and we will continue to bring more people in. The party leadership has requested for 30 more days in which a date for convention will be set. Politics is about the people. By end of this month, we will have all our programmes from now till I will leave in 2023…..”

“APC will continue to run Nigeria after my tenure. So, Abati, tell anyone who wants to be Nigeria’s President in 2023 to join APC….”

When are you going to unban Twitter….?

“We are not there yet. I keep that to my chest…”- Muhammadu Buhari

What will be your legacy?

“I will accept whatever verdict Nigerians pass on me. I hope they will be fair…”- Muhammadu Buhari on Interview with The Arise TV panel

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Yoruba Group Urges FG To Implement 2014 Confab, Fasheun Condemns Agitation For Breakup

• Fasheun, Al-Mustapha condemn agitation for Nigeria’s break up

From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan and Joy  Umukoro

South-West leaders, under the aegis of Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative, in Ibadan, Oyo State, have called on the Federal Government to begin the process of implementing, or reviewing for implementation, report of the 2014 national conference.

The leaders, who emphasised Yoruba unity, yesterday, noted that there is national consensus that Nigeria is overdue for restructuring and urged the Federal Executive Council, as well as the legislative arm of government, to ensure the process or review is completed before the 2019 general election.

Those who took the decision at the conference included a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George; former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Senator Bode Olajumoke; Chief Niyi Akintola and Chairman, Afenifere Renewal Group, Mr Olawale Oshin.

The roll call also included a traditional ruler in Osun State and Owa ‘Tapa of Itapa Ijesa, Dr. Olapade Agoro; Proprietor, Lead City University, Ibadan, Prof. Jide Owoeye; a retired archbishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu; National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams; Chief Tokunbo Ajasin, Secretary General, Yoruba Council of Elders,

George warned that past mistakes should not be repeated to truncate the unity of Yoruba race, and added that the thoughts of the former premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, should be revisited in administering South-West states.

The former Ondo State governor also disclosed how he read Awolowo’s methodology on education, health and politics, and added that any governor in the region could pick it up and manage the states successfully.

Daniel also threw his weight behind the restructuring of Nigeria and urged the Federal Government to consider implementing the 2014 National Conference report. He described the report as a good document.

On his part, Agoro urged the Yoruba race to stand with Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, especially at this trying period in the nation.

Convener of the retreat, Otunba Deji Osibogun, noted that after several years of debate on how to bring the Nigerian people together, to agree on modalities for restructuring the polity, the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo convened the National Political Reform Conference in 2005.

“But the initiative did not douse the agitation, prompting the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan to convene another national conference in 2014. The 2014 dialogue was acknowledged to have made very far-reaching decisions on the required constitutional reforms to effect the desired restructuring,” he said

Meanwhile, Founder of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr Frederick Fasheun and former chief security officer to late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retd), have condemned recent agitation geared towards the disintegration of Nigeria, by a section of the country.

Fasheun and Al-Mustapha said agitation for Nigeria’s disintegration is unacceptable and advocated total restructuring and true federalism in the country.

They made the call during a meeting, organised by members of the United Niger Delta Forum where Al-Mustapha delivered a lecture on his future plan for Nigeria.

Al-Mustapha said those investing in such agitations are interested in making a name for themselves at the expense of the unity and well-being of Nigerians.

In his response to the ultimatum given by the Arewa Youths to the Igbo in the North, Mustapha said: “Nnamdi Kanu is just an individual but, when you are talking to millions and millions of Nigerians, fanning the embers of war, by pronouncing hate speeches, it is not the answer. Anything that will affect the peace of this country is not acceptable.” Corroborating him, Dr. Fasheun said without restructuring Nigeria, agitations will not cease because it is a product of true federalism and social justice.

He said: “Where there is social injustice, there will be violence. I don’t believe we can change this country through violence. What violence could achieve, peace could achieve it 10 times better, so let us adopt a less costly approach which is peace in resolving the crisis in this country.

On the state of the nation, Fasheun berated the recycling of those he described as failures, the old ones who had been the bane of the Nigerian leadership. He, however, called on Nigerian youths to rise to the situation and play their parts in nation building.

“We voted for this change in government so that social justice can be institutionalised but unfortunately, it has not. Two years down the line, Nigerians are still hungry, angry; there are bad roads and poor infrastructure everywhere, so what do you expect? The government has failed to keep their promise.”

National Leader of the Forum, Mr. Ese Gabriel, said they believed in the restructuring of Nigeria, hence they are calling on the government to adopt resource control method whereby each region can manage its resources and contribute a certain percentage to the Federal Government. (The Sun)

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