President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the youths of the country to cooperate with his regime, telling them that they are endangering their future if they do not back the government.
Buhari spoke during his visit to Borno State where about 30 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday, to reassure the people of the state of the determination of the government to bring the insurgency in the country to an end.
He noted that because the youth are a larger part of the country’s population, they must help the government stabilise the country.
According to him, “We have young aggressive youths, the Nigerian youths. Our population, 60 percent, is below 30 years old.”
“And we have to remind them that they must help us stabilise this country so that they can have a better future. If they don’t cooperate with the government, they are endangering their future.
“I am already 77, how many years do I expect under normal circumstances?”
Buhari also said he wondered how Boko Haram survived to date.
“As commander in chief, I campaigned both in 2015 and last year on three fundamental issues which include security; you cannot preside over an institution or a country if it is not secure. This is just common sense, everybody knows this even those that have not gone to school know this,” he said.
“This Boko Haram or whatever they are, cannot come up to Maiduguri or environs without the local leadership knowing because traditionally the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas. So with my understanding of our culture, I wonder how Boko Haram survives up till now.
“We are working for you in this country. As commander in chief, I am dealing with the security institutions and I believe there is an improvement in security.
“I urge the people of the state to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and let us deny Boko Haram access to our loyal citizens and encourage displace people to go back to the land.”
On May 29, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari cruised into his NextLevel administration with a brand new Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4MATIC Sedan worth over N74 million at a time extreme poverty entered new level under his watch between 2015 to 2019.
The new presidential car is a custom made by Mercedes Benz, it’s manufactured on demand and only a few people use Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4MATIC Sedan throughout the World at the time of writing this article.
A check on the official website of the automobile manufacturing company revealed that the new Presidential car is $209,000 which translates to N74,822,000.00 at N358 to one dollar.
There is no doubt that the Nigerian Government under the stewardship of President Buhari acquired the new car because of its unrivalled comfort and unparalleled internal security mechanism considering the wave of insecurity across Nigeria.
Fulani herdsmen have been accused in the past for the horrendous killing of farmers in some parts of the country.
It can simply be described as a paradise on the move on the surface of the earth and President Buhari, just like Federal Lawmakers who cruise around city with bluetproof cars, deserves it to stay safe in the midst of angry poor Nigerian masses most of who find it extremely difficult to afford a square meal per day.
It’s a vehicle to behold!
It’s pathetic that most Nigerians live in extreme poverty, according to the World Health Organisation and Food and Agriculture Organization.
The new car acquisition for the president clearly shows that the Nigerian government is aware of the insecurity in every part of the country.
It’s also a clear case of what transpired between a driver and a permanent secretary in Henry Barlow’s “Building The Nation”.
In the case of Nigeria, President Buhari needs to stay highly secured for him to implement his campaign manifestos for the general wellbeing of Nigerian helpless masses who elected him in 2015 hoping he would bring a new Nigeria into reality, but dejection and frustration have been the outcome between 2015 to 2019.
He has promised to make things better in his NextLevel government.
It’s high time President Buhari emulated the ideals of former President Jose Mujica, who ruled Uruguay between 2010 to 2015.
Mujica is rated as the poorest president of a country ever, not because he chose to be poor or enter the Guinness Book of Record, but because of his love for the poor Uruguay sons and daughter whose standard of living was in a terrible state when he became the president.
It’s also on record that Mujica donates more than of $10,800 (90%) of his $12,000 monthly salary to cater for the poor in his country and used the rest to assist small business owners who needed financial support, astoundable.com says
Instead of commissioning Toyota or Mercedes Benz to build the most secured car for him like Buhari, Mujica drove his old 1987 Volkswagon Beetle throughout his presidency.
Unlike Buhari who move around in his own country with security forces specially trained and strong to protect an entire city, Mujica security consisted of two guards and his 3-legged dog.
“I’m not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live… My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I’m the son of my history. There have been years when I would have been happy just to have a mattress,” Mujica was quoted as saying.
This is the kind of leader President Buhari needs to emulate not the extravagant ones and being on the list of most secured president will not set Nigerian people free from the shackle of poverty they’re entangled in.
If Buhari has the will to stop the unnecessary extravagant lifestyles of lawmakers in Nigeria, he needs to set the pace.
Those who risked their lives to cast their votes for him during the last presidential election mustn’t be allowed to wallow in poverty in the next four years.
Nigerians need action, they need servant, not a leader.
In the words of Martin Luther King,” Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve….You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”
The narrative of “I’ll leave Nigeria better than I met it” must stop. Buhari needs to show it in his action and ways of life.
Every Nigeria life should be precious not just the president’s and his members of his family.
Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed Garba Shehu over his statement that Senator Abaribe’s call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign is a foolish one.
Recall that earlier, the presidential aide labelled the Senate Minority leader as a an armchair critic following Abaribe’s call to President Buhari to resign over the security situation of the country.
Reacting to this statement, Fani-Kayode queried when Garba Shehu “will stop saying rubbish.”
Going further, Fani-Kayode expressed that the presidency is cursed.
See his tweet below:
When the Presisency refers to the leader of the minority in the Senate as an “armchair critic” you know they are cursed. When will Shehu Garbage stop talking rubbish? If anyone should be in jail it is not Abaribibe but the calamitious affliction that he speaks for called Buhari.
Following the report that Leah sharibu gave birth for Boko Haram Commader, Nathan Sharibu, the father of the abducted teenage Christian girl, Leah Sharibu,
Monday accused President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal government and Ahmed Salkida, an investigative journalist of knowing the whereabouts of his daughter.
“There is no qualm. I have been receiving lots of calls from last night but all I can say is that it is well. If that is the will of God it is well. Whatever they have done I receive it with all pleasure.
The government knows of Leah’s whereabouts. I repeat the government knows Leah’s whereabouts, more or less Ahmed Salkida. The government knows about her whereabouts. But whatever it is, I don’t have anything more to say, than to receive it (the condition of Leah) with all pleasure”.
Recall that Leah was on February 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm, kidnapped along with 110 schoolgirls aged 11–19 from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC).
Since then most if not all of the abducted girls have been released except Leah, who vowed not to renounce her Christian faith.
Buhari says border closure has drastically reduced smuggling of agricultural produce as well as arms and ammunition.
At a meeting with a select group of of the Nigerian community on Saturday, January 18, 2020, in London, the president said, the closure is aimed at strengthening national economy and security.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said, the border closure has started yielding dividends for Nigeria.
He said farmers have been celebrating the closure which has drastically reduced smuggling of agricultural produce as well as arms and ammunition.
The statement reads, President Buhari attributed the country’s virtual food security position to the “very good last three rainy seasons;” the federal government’s reduction in the price of fertilizers by 50 per cent and the presidential directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria not to give foreign exchange for food imports thereby saving the nations billions of naira.
Commending Nigerians in the Diaspora for their huge home remittances — more than $25 billion in 2018 — the President also lauded their individual performances in their various fields of expertise.
Explaining the achievements of his administration in implementing its three-point campaign agenda by focusing on fixing the economy, providing security and tackling corruption, the President said Nigeria’s “huge, vibrant youth population” have been encouraged to go back to the farms and are “living decent and respectable lifestyles.”
On security, he said “it is common sense that you can only run the country if it is secured,” adding that the country “has not done badly in the North East.”
Describing the havoc done by corruption to the image and economy of Nigeria as “terrible,” President Buhari said that his administration is now focused on retrieving stolen fixed assets and returning the proceeds of the sale “to the treasury through the Treasury Single Account (TSA),” so that nobody can return them to the convicts even after his tenure.
The President congratulated the current World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, who was the cynosure of all eyes during the meeting, on regaining his world championship belt, as well as putting Nigeria “on the world map again like Hogan Bassey.”
On his part, Joshua, who later presented his belts to the President, pledged to “stand up for Nigeria anytime you need me.”
Various speakers lauded the President’s commitment to bequeathing a lasting legacy.
A renowned research biochemist, Adebayo Olamideji, went down the memory lane , recalling President Buhari’s nationalistic disposition by his decision to save 1,250 Nigerian students from Oyo State studying abroad from indebtedness and shame when he was military Head of State by agreeing to pay over $6.2 million.
The Federal Government closed the land borders in August 2019. According to President Buhari, the closure was meant to check smuggling activities.