Nigerians should focus on values which unite, Buhari advises

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday urged Nigerians to channel their energy and resources toward values which unite the country rather than divisive debate.

He gave the advice in his remarks at the 2017 Eid al Adha lunch in Abuja where he was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The president noted that the country was deliberately made by God to be diverse, adding that diversity was the strength of the nation.

“Our energy and resources should not be spent on debates about division of the country; we must focus our minds on what God wants us to be.

“We should build that nation that God wants us to build from the beginning,” he stated.

Referring to the pains associated with child delivery, the president observed that “all that we are hearing today is the noise and pain of that country that God wants to give birth to.”

He reaffirmed his belief in one indissoluble country, saying God had given the country enormous human and material resources to be great.

The president explained that Nigerians were carrying out exploits in many parts of the world, and urged the elite to make such sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim made to sacrifice his son for the attainment of the destiny of his people.

He recalled that in spite of the successes recorded in degrading Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east Zone, pockets of opportunistic attacks were still being carried out by the terrorists.

He, however, said that such attacks were temporary.

The president advised Nigerians to always remember the significance of the Eid celebration of sacrifice which was what gave God excitement about those He created.

According to him, God loves the willingness to make great sacrifice and Prophet Ibrahim made the sacrifice to fulfil his destiny and that of his nation.

Earlier, the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, represented by the Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Danbazau, used the opportunity to thank Nigerians for their prayers and support for Buhari while he was out of the country.

She recalled the successes recorded by the country under the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and called for more support for the administration.

She also thanked Nigerians for sustaining the peace in the country and urged them not to relent as there could be no meaningful development without peace.

Goodwill messages were also delivered by some Christian faithful invited to the lunch.

Former Christian Association of Nigeria Chairman in FCT, Israel Akanji, noted that it was the nature of Islam and Christianity to invite non-adherents to participate in their celebrations.

He said the welfare of the Muslim is the welfare of the Christian as well as the joy of all.

“We are all to live as one and to promote oneness of Nigeria” Mr. Akanji added.

A guest lecturer, Mainsuna Yahaya, who spoke on the significance of the Eid al Adha, said it had spiritual, social economic and civilizational imperatives which all should endeavour to achieve.

The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, in a vote of thanks said the country’s journey was endless but fruitful.

He said the Buhari administration was nurturing a better nation amidst dwindling resources.

(NAN)


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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Imagine the shamelessly divisive man called Buhari preaching unity ?

    BUHARI SHOULD TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE RECENT APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS AT NNPC WHERE 70% ARE NORTHERNERS AND NONE FROM THE SE , HE SHOULD TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE RECENT RECRUITMENT AT THE DSS WHERE HIS STATE, KATSINA HAD MORE PLACES THAN THE WHOLE SE STATES PUT TOGETHER.

    Buhari and the primitive sectional cabal handling him are merely catalyzing the violent disintegration of Nigeria, he knows nothing about unity and should stop abusing the word !!

    • Olatubosun

      You are brainless

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        My comment is based on facts but I understand you have no rebuttal other than abuse………THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    • front man

      Rubbish

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        The truth has defeated you and will keep hunting you about !!

    • dpfrank

      Pigg

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        You have no logic to counter my assertion which is 100% correct.

  • AFRICANER

    All these bull written for Buhari lately; none of these are his words.

    • Jon

      Buhari, why are you and your hausa/fulani afraid of the word: RESTRUCTURE

      • 0tile

        Restructure is tantamount to resource control and devolution of power. Is that what the Hausa Fulani want? They and their minions would go to war and commit genocide than give up total control of ND resources or share power. These are greedy beasts indeed.

        • front man

          Who ask you all this trash scum

          • dele20

            It seems he has not read the article above

        • woman leader1

          You are sick

      • dele20

        Grow up.

    • Olatubosun

      You are sick

      • front man

        Exactly

    • front man

      Whose words is it if I may ask

    • White cane

      How president of the world writes their speech? They have people that does that for. Them. So you better know it.

    • woman leader1

      Nonsense

    • Oh, are they your words?

  • easyman16

    The president noted that the country was deliberately made by God to be diverse, adding that diversity was the strength of the nation. So lord luguard who made Nigeria is now G0D.

    • White cane

      There’s no institution that God does not know about so take note

  • Tommy Soto

    What’s wrong with pushing peace, progress, and unity?

    • front man

      Pls ask him oooo

  • Mizch

    Where was he that the Vice President, a Christian pastor, would have to represent him in Moslem feast? Still afraid of the rats?

    • Olatubosun

      You don’t know what you are saying…..
      You better read the article very well

      • Mizch

        Why was he represented? His presence matters. Not what he said.

        • White cane

          My friend that’s why he’s the president, he can’t be everywhere at time

    • SpeakOut

      What are you driving at, it is not necessary for you to say something when you know your statement is not relevant.

      • Mizch

        Why could he attend, in person?

        • White cane

          What are you saying, what you want is result not presence my friend

    • woman leader1

      Always read before you comment

    • dele20

      You are an enemy of progress, either you like it or not, Nigeria will be united, peace always reign

    • dpfrank

      Nonsense talk

  • Olatubosun

    Well said my amiable president

  • Olatubosun

    President Mohammed buhari is working towards a great development of our nation

  • Olatubosun

    We need to appreciate this present administration….the team is wonderful

    • woman leader1

      Well said

  • Olatubosun

    President Mohammed buhari continues with your good work….

  • Olatubosun

    Haters will dance yahooze to hell fire

    • White cane

      Lol, exactly you’re on point

  • Olatubosun

    God bless Nigeria and God bless buhari and his cabinets

    • front man

      Amen

      • Lord satan

        Monkeys nigeria unity my feet, we are biafrans and we must go.

    • White cane

      Yes oo

    • dele20

      Amen

  • THEARGUMENTATOR

    Yes o! The president is so correct. For us to move more further, we must put aside our differences and work together to make the country a beta one. God bless us all

    • front man

      Well contributed

    • White cane

      Yes my brother he’s ever correct Weare better together.

      • dele20

        Best thing

    • woman leader1

      Well spoken

    • dele20

      PMB has a genuine point, by being united is a best way to make peace reign

      • BEN IKARI

        united with lies buhari is telling about how god created nigeria when the obvious truth is criminal british imposition; united in deceit and cheating, criminality—19 northern states (about 12 for hausa-fulanis alone) which mostly share oil money and can not create one month budget to pay salaries; 6 western (yoruba) and 5 eastern (igbo) states which are also mostly nonviable so can not create one month budget to pay salaries without sharing oil money hence manipulating and intimidating—killing and polluting the core oil producing communities to keep the status quo; the oppression; how does that work with this unrealistic unity proposal when the truth is glaring?

    • dpfrank

      Amen

    • That’s just the way forward!

  • front man

    Unity is the key to stay together as 1 Nigeria

    • woman leader1

      Well said

    • White cane

      Unity and inspiration progress, so. Like you said we need the unity so that we can progress.

    • dele20

      Exactly

  • White cane

    That’s exactly what Nigeria needs now and forget about all those hate speeches and action against on another.

    • woman leader1

      Sure

    • dpfrank

      You are right

    • daygea

      Very true.

  • woman leader1

    Well spoken president muhammed buhari Nigerians needs to stay together as 1 for the progress of the country

    • White cane

      Yes together the better

    • dele20

      Yes oo, our president Buhari has spoken well

    • dpfrank

      My point exactly

      • stackCrawler

        Gbam

    • daygea

      True because united we stand, divided we fall

      • woman leader1

        Certainly!

        • stackCrawler

          That’s it

      • stackCrawler

        Well said

    • stackCrawler

      I agree with you on that

    • stackCrawler

      Nasooo

    • emmanuel

      Nigeria will never make progress in another 100 years if it stays together, because we have no shared values as a people.
      Divided by even JAMB cut-off marks etc
      We already know that you were a product of letter from Emir to gain admission to the Polytechnic you attended

  • dele20

    Let us focus on what God wants Nigeria to be and be united as one

    • White cane

      You’re onpoint

      • stackCrawler

        Extremely on point

    • stackCrawler

      That’s the way

  • dele20

    Nigeria will always stand

    • stackCrawler

      Surely

  • dele20

    God bless Nigeria, God has purpose for Nigeria, all we need do is to be united as one

    • stackCrawler

      I agree

  • dele20

    The growth of Nigeria should be our focus

    • stackCrawler

      Gbam

  • dpfrank

    The unity of Nigeria is Paramount, well said Mr president.

    • Yeah, everyone must be concerned about that.

      • stackCrawler

        That’s it

    • BEN IKARI

      unity in wazobian laziness, cheating, stealing oil wealth hence corruption and fraud alongside political violence to keep the forced and false unity?

  • daygea

    A good one from the president.

    • stackCrawler

      A very good one

  • Frank Bassey

    END-TIME HYPOCRITE!!

  • Frank Bassey

    THAT IS WHY NEMESIS IS AT WORK. I AM NOT CARRIED AWAY BY SUCH EMPTY HYPOCRITICAL COMMENTS.

    • AryLoyds

      Lol

  • I think this is what we should focus on, and not to be attentive to the false news spread all over by the pigs.

    • John A

      check the NNPC appointments and come back for more discussion about unity

    • BEN IKARI

      and what is that; wazobia’s criminality, stealing oil wealth for their development and wealth creation while polluting the oil communities, making them poor and killing them when they complain and seek justice? this is fact and not the buhar-osinbajo’s lies, fake news about how his hausa-fulani god created nigeria when the world know how criminal white british people unlawfully invaded precolonial independent ethnic groups that existed before the dream for an illegally created nigeria in 1914 by the unlawful amalgamation. anyone who does not appreciate and accept then spread these facts about nigeria and continue spreading falsehood like buhari and osinbajo, other politicians and rulers, is a criminal.

  • SpeakOut

    For the benefit of all, we need to stand as one and appreciate one another efforts positively, and also appreciate the efforts of this economy for making things goes rightly.

    • stackCrawler

      Hmmm

    • BEN IKARI

      nigeria is not ready for the benefit of all with the application of current unlawful military constitution that is used to steal oil lands and unlawfully and illegally, immorally allocate oil blocs in far away oil producing communities in south-south to northerners, especially criminal hausa-fulani mallams and yorubas, some igbos, in a so-call civil regime. imagine about 23 states out of 36 created by military fiat to hausa-fulani, yoruba and igbo ethnic groups alone. This is in a so-call country where there is about 250 to 300 ethnic groups. so which unity are you guys and fake news aka buhari ans osinbajo talking about? if honest you would understand and appreciate why nigeria is a joke and will remain a joke with more crisis and conflicts. unity is not the answer. freedom and justice is the answer that will benefit all. to be united with lies buhari is telling about how god created nigeria when
      the obvious truth is that criminal british concocted and imposed nigeria on unwilling precolonial and independent ethnic nations is to commit mass suicide. how do people unite in deceit and
      cheating, criminality? how would unity come when 19 northern states, about 12 for hausa-fulanis
      alone is a laughter and effrontery to justice, freedom, equality and peace? which unity or values is buhari and his likes preaching when almost 100 percent of 19 northern states, 6 western and 5 eastern states mostly share oil money and can not create one month budget
      to pay salaries by so doing put unnecessary pressure on oil communities? 6 western (yoruba) and 5 eastern (igbo) states alongside about 12 hausa-fulani states or 19 states total for the north are also mostly nonviable so can not create one month budget to pay
      salaries without sharing oil money hence manipulating and
      intimidating—killing and polluting the core oil producing communities
      to keep the status quo; the oppression; how will this continue to work with this
      unrealistic unity proposal when the truth is glaring? the answer is freedom and justice—respect and equality for all groups and true fiscal federalism that will usher in self determination and resource generation and ownership or control in a regional system of government and not current military unitary structure that works for the wazobians and against others, but oil producing communities in particular.

  • thusspokez

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday urged Nigerians to channel their energy and resources toward values which unite the country rather than divisive debate.

    I wanted to mention sports as one of the things that united Nigeria but after reading the many tribalistic comments and hate on the Vanguard newspaper last week, following Nigeria (Super Eagles) defeat of Cameroon, I can’t any longer sincerely say that sports is one such sacred area.

    I blame the all the Northern Military heads of state (except Gowon) for the division that Nigeria is facing today. Instead of uniting Nigerians by promoting, nurturing and encouraging togetherness among Nigerians in the existing structures, these military juntas took Nigerians for granted and did the opposite by embarking on the creation of mushrooms states — just so that certain parts of the country would be allocated more revenue. These are some of the consequences to this day:

    (a) The balkanisation of Nigeria
    (b) The birth of mediocrity
    (c) Parts of the country still feel short-changed
    (d) Weak, unproductive and scrounger states
    (e) Setback of economic development

    The other great sin of the Northern military junta is their failure or refusal to accept that Nigeria is a multi-faith country and instead, often out of cowardice, conceded more power and influence to Muslims at the expense of Christians.For example:

    [1] 1986, the first-class looter Babangida registered Nigeria as member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

    [2] Under Buhari, Nigeria became a member of “The Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism” led by the terrorist Saudi kindgom.

    At this point, I should also mention Obasanjo, albeit not a northern, but for his part in kowtowing to the demands of the Islamic extremists in the north. However, over the decades, it was (and still is) hypocrites like President Buhari who had masterminding and helped eroded the common values which Nigerians once shared. So what common values left that Buhari is talking about?

    • Okokondem

      “I blame all the Northern Military heads of state………Instead of uniting Nigerians by promoting, nurturing and encouraging togetherness among Nigerians in the existing structures, these military juntas took Nigerians for granted and did the opposite by embarking on the creation of mushrooms states — just so that certain parts of the country would be allocated more revenue.”

      Well said, couldn’t agree more. You probably disagree with me but no where more than the former eastern region was the balkanization truly intended to be more disruptive, and have more divisive impact between the Igbos and the surrounding ethnic groups, and it worked.

      • thusspokez

        You probably disagree with me but no where more than the former eastern region was the balkanization truly intended to be more disruptive, and have more divisive impact between the Igbos and the surrounding ethnic groups, and it worked.

        Yes I surely disagree.with you. The Eastern region is long dead, so get over it!

        It is well known that the minorities in the Eastern region started their struggles for their own states/regions long before the Nigerian civil war. Unlike the states created after the first initial 12 states, both the original Rivers state and Cross Rivers state were requisites.

        and have more divisive impact between the Igbos and the surrounding ethnic groups, and it worked.

        If this had mattered to the Igbos in the then former Easter region perhaps they would have realised the importance of equity — not the discrimination and marginalisation which the minorities suffered at the hands of the majority Igbos. Anyway back to the topic of discourse.

    • Umar Madaki Sani

      Extremely self centred and biased post or comment, although you’re only talking to yourself and people who think the way you do.

      • thusspokez

        Extremely self centred…

        I am not sure you understand what “self centred” means — as your usage would indicate.

        Further, this is a debating forum where one comes to read other people’s opinions. If those opinions are not agreeable to you, you have the right to counter them with your own argument — not cover your inability to do so with argumentum ad hominem.

  • thusspokez

    Nigerians should focus on values which unite, Buhari advises

    Yet he couldn’t even name one such value in his speech.

  • John A

    Look at this goat head man, values that unite and you fraudulently gave 10 appointment to the fulanis out of 15 in NNPC while the other region have to share five post.
    This man is way too primitive to be called president.

    • Eluba Inas

      Block-head who told you all people from the NW, NE and NC are fulanis?

    • Umar Madaki Sani

      Only a wise monkey knows that others are not monkeys. Just because you’re an animal with pig head, it doesn’t mean others are also your type.

  • stackCrawler

    President Buhari all the way

  • BEN IKARI

    premium times seems to be holding my commentary below it claims to be awaiting moderation. it has no right to moderate my speech while writing whatever it pleases when it wishes. holding my thought is an infringement on my right to free speech, especially when others are allowed to express similar thoughts. this is discrimination in a bid to deny my right to free speech and expression. if i am right, since the first draft i posted was not published and the second post is yet to be published, premium times is afraid and falling for buhari and osinbajo, other politicians and cabal’s attempts to use nonexistent hate speech slogans to intimidate and suppress people from speaking freely. freedom of speech is a natural right at birth and can not be prohibited or interfered with by any individual, government, law or entity—not by buhari and osinbajo who also have been speaking freely until they think they are losing control due to the advent of the internet which gives people who will ordinarily have no access to media and voice their opinions the platform to create content and compete with or refute government’s lies as this one about false and forced unity and hod god created nigeria by unlawful british amalgamation of 1914. if am right, except premium times change its method and publish my post and others which are similar, then it will be supporting buhari’s military dictatorship—of course, the military is the only known entity which hate citizens criticism and opposition—free speech to its bones. meanwhile, my official name is ben ikari, and i stand by all my posts because they are based on facts hence truthful. therefore my thoughts can not be axed by free speech haters. even human constitutions and international norms which supports natural rights to speech and expression protects allegedly offensive speeches (what buhari and osinbajo misnamed hate speech), whether truthful or not. free speech doctrine is clear. consequently, anyone or government which feels defamed or slandered (libeled) should go to a court of competent and impartial jurisdiction, assuming there is such court in present-day nigeria. i live to see that court which would find me guilty for speaking the truth about buhari and osinbajo’s lies regarding how nigeria was created by their god when we know the british unlawfully, criminally and illegally imposed it against the wishes of most precolonial and independent ethnic nations whose citizens were murdered in cold blood while britain rejoice with their natural resources and forced labor. these acts were and still are crimes against humanity thus should be treated accordingly.

    • Eluba Inas

      Yara yara yara … your gibberish is too long. Your hate speech has been blocked. So what! Go to hell!

      • BEN IKARI

        truthfulness or evidence-based speech, write-up is not and can never be “hate speech” assuming there was anything known as hate speech in the face of reality about how nigeria was unlawfully created and which buhari lied about, saying it was god when we know the british bandits did it hence the criminality that is nigeria, and the broad-day armed robbery by hausa-falani, yoruba and igbo ethnic groups. no doubt the fact that they are stealing oil producing communities’ wealth and killing them with pollution and guns in the name of illegal military constitution still used in a so-called civilian regime to protect the unjust status quo. anyway, your line of thought about volume is why people like you can no longer read well and pass exams. this is assuming you have been a student, thus resort to malpractices, which are commonplace in nigeria. you want everything handed to you in one line or paragraph. thanks to nature, i am not you and vice versa.

    • Umar Madaki Sani

      You lack manners, you simply don’t know how to talk to elderly people and leaders.

      • BEN IKARI

        if you understand what good mannerism is then you would agree saying buhari lied about how nigeria was created by claiming god created nigeria is not a bad manner when talking to elders, especially elders who respect themselves by first being honest and not creepy like buhari and osinbajo. except you did not know, nigeria was not created by buhari or wazobian god, but the rogue british colonialists who invaded, maimed and killed then usurped the natural resources of precolonial and independent ethnic nations, which existed before nigeria was unlawfully imposed in 1914. it is also true that most states in nigeria, especially those created for hausa-fulanis, yorubas and igbos are nonviable so can not create budget nor pay salaries. by this fact they share oil money every month thereby put more exploitation and production pressure on the oil producing communities, which they pollute, harass, imprisoned and killed/hanged for demanding justice. these are all facts—the evidence is glaring hence mannerism issues can not arise where truth is obvious. what helps make nigeria a zoo is how most people, the educated in particular wash and clap for the less or uneducated rulers to lie to them without speaking truth to power. i was not trained to respect truth, but people. and while respecting people the truth must trump such respect where those to be respected disrespect themselves by not being truthful as with buhari, osinbajo and others. maybe you and your likes prefer hausa-fulani, yoruba and igbo politicians, rulers and oligarchs continue stealing from the oil producing communities, polluting and poisoning them to death alongside death by military and police guns in the name of unity or fake one nigeria. sorry, not with my support, a victim of nigeria’s illegal creation!

  • BEN IKARI

    one of the best things if not the very best thing the internet and social media brought is the drastic reduction if not removal of information and message, with hardcore messaging monopoly by or from governments, especially military dictatorial types as the buhari’s, which hates criticism and the concept of freedom of speech and expression. they have also taken acute mainstream media, even corporation message and messaging monopoly away. consequently, citizens’ journalism and interactive links such as facebook and twitter, newsreels and blogs and so forth have emerged to diffuse and refute the hitherto mostly one sided stories and lies such as the many told by buhari and osinbajo, et al. therefore, premium times should note that there are many ways of skinning a rate as they say. since it is scared of buhari and his military dictatorship so supporting his bid to suppress free speech thus refusing to publish posts exposing and refuting buhari’s lies about how nigeria was created by god when the world knows it was unlawfully and illegally imposed for british economic interest and by criminal british colonialists. i will publish this link on my facebook page and add my blocked comment as done occasionally. it should be noted that blocking comments refuting lies about how nigeria was created by god (hausa-fulani god) will not change the facts of the story or history. The lies about the need to capitalize on the values which unite those who call themselves nigerians, values such as diversity according to buhari when the truth is that the wazobians have cheated and are oppressing oil producing communities to extinction in the false name of one united nigeria will also not change historical or contemporary facts and evidence. i am not a nigerian rather an ogoni, which is currently being colonized and oppressed like other oil bearing precolonial nations by nigeria, and did not bargain to be part of this evil empire hence signed no document conceding its precolonial sovereignty to rogue britain or imposed nigeria. insofar as this unholy and inhumane, unlawful and illegal colonization continues the struggle to free and save ogoni, others will not cease until victory comes!