President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Katsina strongly reiterated his resolve to ensure that Nigeria remains one, no matter the level of agitation from any region or group to the contrary.
To underscore his resolve, the president said he was ready to defend the unity of Nigeria with his life.
Leader of the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, is currently standing trial for treason at the Federal high court in Abuja.
The president noted with nostalgia that over two million Nigerians died during the civil war to ensure the unity of the country between 1967 and 1970, and those losses would never be in vain.
“A few individuals who were not even born at the time of the war are now out agitating for secession. I fought in that war to unite Nigeria and there is no way I will allow such to happen while I am alive. I will not take it lightly with anybody agitating for self-secession. I am ready to die defending this country. I cannot fight for the unity of this country and somebody just comes out overnight and chases me out of it. That is not possible”, said Buhari at the palace of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman, as part of the activities of his official visit to the state.
He continued: “In the civil war of over 30 months, with two million lives lost, I slept and crawled at yam farms. Many people died of hunger but recently a few individuals are calling for split. This war was fought to unite the country because as at then there was no oil. We fought for the nation’s indivisibility, so let’s do it, the agitation is been taken too far, the damage done is too much and we will not take it anymore”, he said.
Buhari said the past 16 years in the history of the country were not fully utilized, given the abundant resources, adding that people must exercise patience and bear with the present administration on the predicament of low financial resources accruing to the government.
He, however, added that leaders at all levels must work closely to see how to salvage the situation, noting that his administration would do its best to uphold the trust bestowed on it and all those who have questions to answer in the mismanagement of the country in the past would be made to account for their deeds.
Earlier, the Emir urged the president, an indigene of the state, not to relent in his effort to fix Nigeria, saying “I have confidence that Nigeria will become a great country under your leadership”.
Alhaji Usman said Nigerians had been clamouring for change for many years and now that the country has got someone who is willing to fix things right, Nigerians should not be in a hurry to feel the change overnight.
“Nigerians should understand that it will take Buhari some years to fix this country. All he needs from Nigerians is prayer and patience”, he said.
“I want state categorically that the Katsina emirate council and the people of Katsina are solidly behind you. You success is ours and your failure is our failure. We will go to the extra mile to defend you, support you and promote your government”, he said.
The Emir also accused the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan of abandoning the contract for dredging of River Niger noting: “inland water way is the wealth of the nation and these people don’t want it here”.
Usman, who urged residents to intensify prayers for the president, said there are enemies within and outside.
“We know there are saboteurs but we will finish them with prayers”, the Emir said and requested for the renovation of dams in the state so as to boost irrigation farming and water supply.
Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo
Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.
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“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.
“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”
The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.
NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike
He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.
Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.
The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.
BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC
Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.
Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.
Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.
In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.
Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.
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