Why I invited Osinbajo to London — Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday explained why he met Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in London while he was there for medical treatment.

The president said he “allowed” Mr. Osinbajo to meet him so he could thank the then acting president for his leadership at the time.

“He (Osinbajo) exploited his youth and the intellect to be all over the place,” he said.

“Thank God that I have the time towards him with the media 24 hours and I congratulate him and I allowed him to come and see me so that I can personally thank him for all that he has done.”

The president stated this when he received state governors who paid him a visit at the presidential villa, Abuja.

He hailed the successes recorded by the country in agriculture in the past two years.

“You are all doing your best and we are lucky our best has proved to be good enough.

“(Our) emphasis (has been) on agriculture and solid minerals right from our campaign days.

“We are more successful on agriculture because I think people could not afford to buy foreign food.

“And all that we have learnt we will revert to the old system that we had of cooperatives right from local government levels up to the centre.

“I am very pleased with the reaction and don’t forget, I was told that most of the food, because Naira has gone down, are being bought by people from Burkina Faso to the Central African Republic.

“That trade has been there for generations and we cannot stop it,” he said.

The president remarked that the devaluation of the Naira was umfortunate but not the making of the present administration.

Mr. Buhari said people had asked him to be more strict on the border, adding that “we said that we will be strict on imported food so that our farmers can be more encouraged’’.

He also thanked God that last year and this year, the harvest throughout the country was better than it used to be.

The president expressed elation that Nigerians had embraced farming and had worked hard on their lands to produce more food.

The president also stated that he was very happy with all the national prayers across the country which he acknowledged was very much covered and was beyond ethnic and religious barriers.

Mr. Buhari thanked the governors for the visit, adding that his moral had been raised greatly by the love shown to him.

The Zamfara Governor and Chairman of the governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari, had stated that the governors were happy with the recovery and return of the President.

He thanked him for the assistance he gave to the states to enable them to pay salaries, adding that without such support some of the states could not have functioned well.

The Ebonyi Gov. Dave Umahi, also thanked God for the recovery of the President and his support to the states in the agriculture sector, Paris Club refund and assistance in salary payments.

Mr. Umahi noted that Buhari had treated all states equally in spite of party differences, noting that it demonstrated the unity of the country.

Similarly, governors Simon Lalong of Plateau and Yahaya Belĺo of Kogi States told state House Correspondents that the country was lucky to have the president back and expressed their hope that the administration would provide more for the people.

(NAN)


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  • Jadah Ayoola

    With all due to respect Mr President, NO! Your best (personally and collectively) has not proven to be good enough.

  • AFRICANER

    I don’t know which is better, a laconic Buhari that is away in London, or a loquacious one at home!

    Talking nonsense all day without saying anything.

    Do a press conference and answer questions, if you have the energy to talk. Be for real.

    • Dan Arewa

      I fill sorry for you.

      • AFRICANER

        I feel sorry for you.

    • Julius

      You said he was dead…remember ?

  • Arabakpura

    Buhari “allowed” Osinbajo to visit him in London just to thank him? What a lucky Osinbajo and unfortunate Nigerians!

    • Julius

      Yes, in case you do not know which I honestly think that you don’t, you have to allow someone to visit you if you are admitted in the hospital. If you don’t, they won’t let him or her see you, especially if you are the president…of any country. Got it ?

      • Arabakpura

        I have lost interest!

  • Lanre

    This is the illiterate president that APC voted for. How the Yorubas sold their birthright to illiteracy will go down in history as one of the greatest tragedies of our time. Yoruba Ronu!

    • Powerlessconscious

      Define Illiterate. I pity for your way of thinking. There can not be a better person than buhari currently in Nigeria. Yorubas have chosen very well. Only the pdp educationist are blind to the choice. PDP education is a SIN.

    • DEGE_K

      What was the alternative then? Is voting for an Hausa man selling ones birth right. Oh so you voted for Jonathan! If he gets there and start misbehaving, another voting year is around the corner. That is democracy.

    • djay

      Pot calling kettle black. Someone you claim to be an illiterate has achieved so much in life perhaps you can also prove your level of achievement. If he is an illiterate as you claim then Buhari is very smart indeed with his achievements.

      • Otile

        Are you happy how one Nigeria has been going down since Buhari came to power?

        • djay

          Was Nigeria up before?

  • Owejah

    “Mr. Umahi noted that Buhari had treated all states equally in spite of party differences” Well, I’m glad to hear testimonies like this from the heartland of the separatists!

    • Julius

      lol…love you style bro !!!

  • Nwankwo Frank .C

    Buhari administration should focus more on getting Nigerians reliable and steady power supply, how can you boost that your administration is succeeding in agriculture (“(Our) emphasis (has been) on agriculture and solid minerals right from our campaign days.) when there is no steady power supply to ensure a reliable and safe storage facilities for the farm products. That is why the price of tomatoes keep fluctuating whereas the excesses that are wasted and rotten due to lack of preservation, would have been properly preserved if there’s steady power supply. To me Nigeria can never move forward if the problem of power supply is not tackle and solved once and for all, because all the problems of Nigeria as a country lies in absence of electric power supply. Even if this administration fails to pay the salaries of workers for 6 months and use the whole money to tackle power problem in truth and in spirit, I think Nigerians would be happier, I know it doesn’t make sense not to pay salaries but if that’s sacrifice we all have to make to ensure steady power supply forever, I think its worth it… Until we have made provisions for proper food storage and preservation facilities, stopping importation of foods in other to promote local production will not solve the problem rather increase hunger in the society because our local farmers can not produce what 200 million Nigerians can consume, so let his advisers advice him very well on banning importation of foreign foods. Another chaos is looming, this time food crisis not dollar crisis any more, remember his decision affected dollar rate. Please talk to him on my behalf, if he bans importation of rice for instance, a bag which is 22,000 Naira will become 100,000 Naira because somehow it will still make its way into the country but the difference is that the poor people can not afford to buy it only for the rich. Banning foreign foods can wait until will are very very sure that our farmers can produce enough for us and even more for export.

  • High Sense

    @nwankwofrankc:disqus

    How Buhari’s ignorant economics pushed Nigeria to recession

    “Preliminary data for the first
    half of the year indicate significant revenue shortfalls with the
    interest-payments to revenue ratio remaining high (40 percent at end-June) and
    projected to increase further under current policies, High domestic bond yields
    and tight liquidity continue to crowd out private sector credit.

    Given Nigeria’s low growth
    environment and the banking system’s exposure to the oil and gas
    sector, non-performing loans increased from 6 percent in 2015 to 15 percent
    in March 2017 (8 percent after excluding the four under-capitalized
    banks). Helped by favorable base effects, headline inflation decreased
    to 16.1 percent in June 2017, but remains high despite tight
    liquidity conditions”.

    • High Sense

      “Then there is what critics describe as the “self-inflicted” wounds —
      the currency policies and associated import controls set up to conserve hard
      currency by prioritising strategic imports when Mr Buhari took power 12 months
      ago. These have starved existing businesses of inputs, leading to a collapse in
      supplies of everything from medicines to spare parts, while incidents of price
      gouging have risen.

      The policies are also blamed for encouraging capital flight while forestalling fresh investment.
      Inflows dropped by nearly 75 per cent to $711m in the first four months of 2016. The impact
      has been chilling. Nigeria’s economy, which grew annually at an average rate of 7% in the
      decade to 2014, contracted by 0.36 per cent in the first quarter. According to most
      forecasts it is heading into recession.

      The import controls and restrictions on foreign exchange have hit the manufacturing sector hard,
      eroding the credibility of the Buhari administration’s ambition to diversify the economy.”

      …………..Financial Times of London

      (May 30th, 2016)

  • Otile

    God forgive evil. Buhari is a useless man.

    • Julius

      God forgive you. You are a worthless fag !. Shame on you, you are a devil and the devil is a liar. You said he was dead. Didn’t you say that ?

  • motsa jiki

    GOD BLESS BUHARI AND GIVE HIM ROBUST HEALTH. HE IS A GOOD MAN.

    • Dawood

      Buhari is a thinking man’s president, while Jonathan was a thieving man’s president.