​​Insecurity, corruption, ​b​ad ​e​conomy ​are ​​Nigeria’s biggest problems — Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, APC presidential candidate

The presidential ​candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, said the insecurity, bad economy and corruption in Nigeria is a “terrible troika” disrupting meaningful progress in Nigeria.

​​Mr. Buhari said th​​​re​e form the most pertinent of the grievous challenges that Nigeria grapples with and must be tackled before the country can chalk out any path to development.

“Once again, Nigeria is in crisis. Our country is facing grievous challenges in numerous sectors. In the light of recent events, the three most pertinent at this time are security, the state of the economy and corruption forming a terrible troika that must be tackled all at once before we can achieve any meaningful progress,” Mr. Buhari said.

He spoke at the Delegates’ Conference of the National Labour Congress, NLC, that held in Abuja, on Monday.

The APC presidential candidate regretted the growth of Boko Haram to international notoriety and blamed the Nigerian government for the sect’s capacity to unleash extreme violence and capturing of parts of Nigerian territory even after committing over $32.88 billion to defence budget.

He said: “In August 2011, a vehicle smashed through two security barriers at the United Nations headquarters in Abuja just after 11 a.m. Its driver crashed the car into the reception area of the building which housed 26 different UN agencies, and then detonated a bomb. Twenty-five people were killed; around 60, wounded. The then little-known extremist group, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the gruesome attack.

“Since then, Boko Haram has gained international notoriety and become a major national menace – kidnapping girls from their schools and women from their homes; slaughtering boys in their dormitories and men in their farms; exploding bombs in public and private venues; and taking town after town in the northeast of Nigeria. And, for some reason, our defence forces are unable to cope and unable to defend. Despite the federal government’s defence budget that has gulped over$32.88 billion in the past five years.

“Our security situation in this country has never been so dire. Today, Nigerians have to endure, not just terrorist attacks in the North, but militancy in the Niger Delta, communal violence in the Middle Belt, cult wars in the South, and kidnappings, armed robberies, and common acts of thuggery throughout the country. Most are left to fend for themselves. Those who turn to the police, the army or any other state security agencies usually have the means and personal connections to buy help and protection. Those who don’t simply move on, resigned. The bitter ones may form vigilante groups, others join mobs that dispense jungle justice on suspects and scapegoats alike. Too many believe they have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, and the most alienated are easy prey for terrorists, militants, and thugs. This must change!”

Discussing the economy, he maintained that monetary policy measures taken by the Central Bank of Nigeria to stabilise the Naira have led to inflation and raised prospects of “hard times ahead.”

“And then, the economy. A few weeks ago, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) took monetary actions to reduce the pressure on the Naira by devaluing the currency and increasing interests rates – both directly and indirectly, by raising interest rates and restricting the amount banks can lend from their available cash. These actions, while necessary to reduce the slide in our currency, have reduced the amount of goods the ordinary Nigerian can purchase with the money he or she has.

“We are likely to experience a rise in the prices of all goods, especially fuel, bread and foodstuff. The hard times ahead will affect Nigerians in every part of our country, 67 per cent of whom already live on less than N200 per day,” the former Head of State said.

Presenting the remedy to the state of Nigeria’s economy, he said the APC “in line with our party’s manifesto, we will identify and promote growth of industries and give incentives for the use of local content.”

He listed youth unemployment, lack of social services, corruption, and poor governance as other challenges facing Nigeria

Mr. Buhari said these challenges will be tackled by a crop of people “who have the competence, the experience, the know-how, the leadership capacity and, most especially, the courage to move Nigeria forward. APC is that group. An APC government at the centre will treat Labour as a partner in moving the nation forward”.

“An APC government will protect and respect labourer’s right to organize, guaranteeing the rights to collective bargaining in good faith in law. We will promote new skills, equip youth for a modern economy through a network of local technology institutions to provide free training in courses for the unemployed,” he promised.

He said the APC could not accomplish the task alone and solicited the support of the Labour.

“I know you (NLC delegates) made this journey for a good reason. You came here because you believe in what this country can be. That is to say, you all believe in change.

“You believe that the labour of our heroes past and present shall never be in vain. You believe that our hopes and dreams can become reality. You believe in a nation bound in freedom, peace and unity. You believe that we can rebuild the broken walls. You believe that our great country can set a standard for all of Africa to see. I pray that you will give me the opportunity to play a part in bringing about this CHANGE that the All Progressives Congress, the APC, so strongly desires for our country, Nigeria.

“As most of you know, I am not a novice when it comes to participating in the struggle to deliver Nigeria from the power of darkness. Many times, my efforts have earned me the wrath and vengeance of crooks and thieves. What I want to assure everyone in this room and across the length and breadth of this vast country is that I will do my best for you,” said Mr. Buhari.


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  • Chris1408

    Add GEJ to list of impediments to Nigeria’s progress.

  • progress

    Each time I read GMB’s statements I get the sense of patriotism that has eroded due lack of leadership in our recent governance. I but hope this great man will be allowed to lead Nigeria so as to reawaken our conciens.

    • VOTEoutGEJ!

      Get your PVC ready!! No vote is too small or negligible.

  • akpos1

    I have always maintained in time past, before I took a break that, Nigeria has become a huge psychiatric hospital. Ordinarily, that shouldn’t be a problem except for the novelty of continent Nigerian situation where the critically ill not only diagnose & prescribe drugs for themselves but prescribe for fellow inmates too. How then will people recover?

    I remember quite vividly that Pa Buhari was part of Abacha’s draconian regime. Abacha’s boys bombed Lagos to standstill to the point that any accidental car tire burst or sound of like nature could easily send my dearest Oloyes under their beds or home/office furniture. From Ikeja to Ojuelegba to Ikorodu and to Oyingbo, Abacha’s military killer team bombed Nigerians to death at the height of his insanity.
    Wole, Bola, student leaders and interestingly Thief Oyegun himself, etc, went into exile in their scores. Others not lucky to escape were murdered. Some brutally. The Ogoni-9 were hanged and acid poured on their dead bodies before burial. Abacha stole directly from CBN. The records are there……and Buhari was part of that Government for 5 yrs.

    My questions are:
    1. At what point did Buhari come to understand the meaning of INSECURITY & BAD GOVERNANCE & CORRUPTION?
    2. Did he protest anything about Abacha’s govt? Couldn’t he have elected to resign if he wasn’t in accord with the Abacha’s policies?
    3. Have Oyegun and Tinubu forgotten that Buhari was part of that govt which chased them into exile 20yrs ago?
    4. Has Wole who rode on Okada through the wilderness for hours en route to exile forgotten?
    5. Why are they all SILENT? Why have they chosen to be DUMB? Do they think Nigerians have 4gotten?

    Pa Buhari should keep his mouth shut. He is lucky to be in Nigeria where self deception and delusion have become common creed. He sure has no moral basis to speak. Not before those of us old enough to remember. Thank you for LISTENING!

    • Bigzy

      Even when Abacha’s stolen $Billions are still being repartriated to Nigeria, Buhari maintains that he was not corrupt.

  • Meemeerachi Moha

    Lies and truths about General Buhari.

    The Lie: General Buhari introduced Religious Fundamentalism to

    Nigeria when Maitatsine sect unleashed violence on Yola during his

    regime.

    The Truth: General Buhari actually promptly stamped out the

    Maitatsine sect when as Head of State, he used the Armed Forces to

    checkmate the Maitatsine sect and stopped its activities unlike the

    Jonathan Government that allowed the Boko Haram crisis to fester

    and spread to the entire North-East and its environs.

    The Lie: General Buhari was mentioned as beneficiary of a missing

    N2.8 billion Oil money when he was Minister of Petroleum Resources.

    The Truth: The alleged missing N2.8bn oil money was investigated by

    the Justice Ayo Irikefe Panel in 1980 and no one made any allegation

    against Gen. Buhari. In any case, the Panel concluded that no such

    money was lost. Gen. Buhari remains one Nigerian that was a State

    Governor, Petroleum Minister, and Head of State without ANY stain of

    corruption.

    The Lie: General Buhari’s regime protected Governor Awwal Ibrahim

    of Niger State from being prosecuted when he was arrested with

    14million pounds and several millions of Naira in a suit case at

    Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom.

    The Truth: Nothing like that ever happened. It was only in the corrupt

    imagination of the Jonathan campaigners that it is possible to carry a

    whopping “14 Million Pounds and several millions of Naira” in a

    suitcase.

    The Lie: Gen. Buhari imprisoned only Southerners and Christians while

    Northerners and Muslim politicians were left untouched.

    The Truth: Gen. Buhari never convicted politicians. Duly constituted

    tribunals did. And they included Northerners, Southerners, Muslims

    and Christians that were brought before the tribunals. They included

    the late Alhaji Sabo Bakin Zuwo; Alh. Bello Maitama Yusuf, late Alhaji

    Adamu Attah among others, – all Northerners, all Muslims. Among

    those detained were Northern Muslims like Alhaji Ibraim Gusau, Dr.

    Olusola Saraki, Dr. Jibrin Tahir, Alh. Bamanga Tukur. They also included

    the governors of his home state of old Kaduna, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi

    and Alhaji Lawal Kaita.

    The Lie: Gloria Okon, the celebrated drug courier, disappeared in

    detention under General Buhari.

    The Truth: Gloria Okon was duly arrested for drug pushing under Gen.

    Buhari. Her “disappearance” or “death” became an issue in a regime

    after General Buhari’s ouster.

    The Lie: The Kalakuta Republic of Musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti was

    burnt and his mother, Madam Funmilayo Kuti, killed by the General

    Muhammadu Buhari govt

    The Truth: Kalakuta Republic was burnt in 1978, six years before Gen.

    Buhari came to power on December 31st, 1983. Neither Gen. Buhari nor

    his administration had anything to do with neither the burning of

    Kalakuta Republic nor the death of Fela’s mother.

    The Lie: Chief Bisi Onabanjo, a former Governor of Ogun State, died

    “shortly after release from prison” under General Muhammadu

    Buhari.

    The Truth: Chief Onabanjo died on April 14, 1990 – fi ve years after his

    release – during illness. Five years is “not shortly” after release.

    The Lie: Chief Sam Mbakwe, a former Governor of Imo State “died

    prematurely” shortly after release from prison under General

    Muhammadu Buhari.

    The Truth: Chief Mbakwe died at the age of 75 in 2004 – 19 years after

    release from prison. Age 75 is “premature” and 19 years after an illness.

    The Lie: There was massive corruption in the Petroleum Trust Fund

    (PTF) under General Muhammadu Buhari.

    The Truth: Former President Obasanjo who set up a panel to investigate

    the PTF in 1999 and against whom Gen. Buhari contested in 2003, has

    pronounced that the probe panel did not find any case of corruption in

    PTF under Gen. Buhari (See The Punch and The Sun newspapers, 14

    January 2015).

    New and better Nigeria on the way. Vote incompetency out, and vote competency in. Let’s #MarchforBuhari.

  • fred brown

    I remember quite vividly that Pa Buhari was part of Abacha’s
    draconian regime. Abacha’s boys bombed Lagos to standstill to the point
    that any accidental car tire burst or sound of like nature could easily
    send my dearest Oloyes under their beds or home/office furniture. From
    Ikeja to Ojuelegba to Ikorodu and to Oyingbo, Abacha’s military killer
    team bombed Nigerians to death at the height of his insanity.
    Wole,
    Bola, student leaders and interestingly Thief Oyegun himself, etc, went
    into exile in their scores. Others not lucky to escape were murdered.
    Some brutally. The Ogoni-9 were hanged and acid poured on their dead
    bodies before burial. Abacha stole directly from CBN. The records are
    there……and Buhari was part of that Government for 5 yrs.

    My questions are:
    1. At what point did Buhari come to understand the meaning of INSECURITY & BAD GOVERNANCE & CORRUPTION?
    2.
    Did he protest anything about Abacha’s govt? Couldn’t he have
    elected to resign if he wasn’t in accord with the Abacha’s policies?
    3. Have Oyegun and Tinubu forgotten that Buhari was part of that govt which chased them into exile 20yrs ago?
    4. Has Wole who rode on Okada through the wilderness for hours en route to exile forgotten?
    5. Why are they all SILENT? Why have they chosen to be DUMB? Do they think Nigerians have 4gotten?

    Pa
    Buhari should keep his mouth shut. He is lucky to be in Nigeria where
    self deception and delusion have become common creed. He sure has no
    moral basis to speak. Not before those of us old enough to remember.
    Thank you for LISTENING!

    • tundemash

      fraudster, you posted this same hogwash using @wahala name somewhere else! Desist from your frauduent activity .

      • Obiora Nze

        including fraud that does not distort the facts?

        • tundemash

          let him be bold to use his name or tag .. …not using somebody’s tag name. That is fraudulent.

      • fred brown

        hmmm, see who is talking u cant even rmbr where in your slf acclaimed detective world, i didnt post it anywhere else, u just want to comment so that u will be praised 4 writing

    • OJ

      Oga historian, can you tell us the position held by Buhari in Abacha regime other than The Chairman, Petroleum Trust Funds (PTF), a government body set up to judiciously manage proceed accrued from the sales of petroleum products as a result of increase in pump price?
      Buhari was able to built infrastructure, supplied drugs, books etc across the nation many of them are still standing till date.
      Maybe you wanted, to talk about one man they call “Tom Ikimi”
      Please, research on PTF to know the facts.

  • excel

    Facts no body can defend is that Nigeria economic has fall tremendously, gej has failed beyond remedy all we want is CHANGE, the BIG IDEA for GREATER Nigeria. March4GMB

  • favourtalk

    yess and by the grace of God, we will change that with our votes to make nigeria better, we will never allow wickedness to take over the nation. we need real change

  • yeni Oladelejide

    Alhaji Buhari , the great social crusader, what business have you managed in life. Nigerians are on a ride for disillusion , when they wake up , the reaction will be greater than what your media advisers can manage.Nigeria are not ready and mature for a real change. The PDP and APC are a gang engaged in supremacy tussle between the mother gang and break away gang, until everyone wake up from the broom induced coma , enjoy your ride.

    • Shaibu Ocheme

      The best comment I have read on Premium Times for a very very long time! I am really suprised that this comment was not censured by the paid hacks on the editorial board of Premium Times.

  • tanko lawal

    the truth is that you are not lookin at the fact that the population of nigeria now is more than that of 1984 n it cannot take just one man to right all the wrong in Nigeria. you are not God so calm down #NO2Buhari