Muhammadu Buhari, who finally emerged winner of the presidential election after three failed attempts, explained why he took part in the polls in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
Speaking on May 13, Wednesday, during a visit by Delta state All Progressives Congress members to Abuja, the politician said he had contested because he wanted freedom for Nigeria.
The president-elect was quoted as saying by The Punch:
“Going through the court is not easy, both materially and physically, and I maintained that consistency because my view about my country is that Nigeria should be truly free.”
Buhari also repeated the ideas expressed during a visit by the Rivers state delegation regarding violence during the recently concluded general elections:
“I understand why many of you, who were denied the opportunity to choose those you want to represent and lead you are taking the line I took in the last 12 years – in line with our constitution.
“Whether you get it or not, the most important thing is that you believe in the system and you should continue to try until the system is perfect.
“I express my condolence to you for the people murdered and I assure you that my objective of remaining consistently in partisan politics is to make sure that Nigerians are given their inherent right to choose whoever they want to lead them.”
He vowed to focus on the development of the country, for Nigerians to be proud and respected globally. Buhari said that security would be his major priority.
Otega Emerhor, the delegation leader, made an allegation against the Peoples Democratic Party:
“As our submission to the tribunal in respect of the governorship and state assembly elections will demonstrate, in truth, the majority of Deltans were ready for the change you represent and were geared to vote massively for you and APC.
“Unfortunately, a grand design executed by the PDP in the South-South and South- East and particularly in Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom made sure that no proper elections took place.”
In another development, speaking on Wednesday Buhari claimed he was not endorsing anybody for the position of the Senate president or speaker of the House of Representatives.
According to PM News, the newly elected leader dismissed circulating rumours on the matter:
“I am prepared to work with any leaders that the House or Senate selects. It doesn’t matter who the person is or where he or she is from.
“There is due process for the selection of leaders of the National Assembly and I will not interfere in that process.”
Concluding, Buhari promised to avoid mistakes made by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and added that “Nigeria has indeed entered a new dispensation”.
Deploying Soldiers Not The Answer, Buhari Should Address Nigerians – Afe Babalola
Legal luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Afe Babalola, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians over the violence that has erupted in the country following the #EndSARS protests.
He made the call on Wednesday in reaction to the recent happenings across the country following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.
“Protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, otherwise known as SARS or FSARS, have spread to all parts of Nigeria and beyond.
“The deployment of soldiers to the streets is not the answer. The imposition of curfews is certainly not the answer,” Babalola said in a statement.
He said that he had before now appealed to President Buhari to please address the issue at that time.
“I now again plead with him to address the root causes of the pain which the youths are complaining about,” he said.
“The use of live bullets and other lethal weapons against protesting youths is not the answer. The killing of protesting youths is also not the answer.
“A protest both in fact and in law is analogous to a message which an injured toe sends to the brain complaining about unbearable pain,” said Babalola in his reaction to the shooting of the protesters.
He added, “The response by the brain and the head is normally to take steps to treat the pain to the toe.
“Any injured person who refuses to take steps to treat pains to any part of the body does so at his own peril.”
You’re a total idiot – 2Face and Blackface clash again
Nigerian music star, Innocent Idibia a.k.a 2face has slammed his former bandmate, Blackface for saying he never spoke up during the PDP administration.
This came after 2Face called for a total shutdown of activities in Nigeria iin support of the widespread #EndSARS protest.
However reacting to this, Blackface took a swipe at 2Face who according to him never spoke up during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration even though things were allegedly worse then.
Firing back at him, 2Face described his former bandmate as an “idiot”.
See the exchange that ensued below;
Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet -Deceased’s Brother
Younger brother to the promising lad who died barely 3 hours after he tweeted, Daniel Obi-Enadhuze has broken silence to share how his brother was killed by thugs and not stray bullet from the Police.
AKpraise gathered that the deceased, Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze tweeted around 1:54pm saying ‘Nigeria will not end me’ was allegedly shot by the Nigerian Police.
According to Daniel, his brother was neither hit by a stray bullet nor a deliberate bullet.
He mentioned that his brother was stabbed by thugs who came to invade their home at the Makinde police barracks, Mafoluku, Oshodi, where he lives with his brother, Oke and their mother.
Sharing the sad ordeal on Twitter, Daniel wrote;
“Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze
I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State. Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning.”
The police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house, The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing.”
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