Buhari Talks Tough

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari is back after 104 days medical vacation in the United Kingdom. He arrives Nigeria on Friday the 19th of August, waited for two days before delivering a bombshell to agitators and separationist clamouring for the division of the country.

In a strongly worded message reminisces of a successful coup plot, Buhari warned that Nigeria unity has already been settled, hence no room for renegotiation. He further stressed that any Nigerian should live in any part of the country as a citizen without any harassment and threats. He then directed securities agencies not to allow the successes recorded by his administration in the past 18 months to be rubbished by terrorist groups.

Buhari Arrives From London

According to Buhari “….but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far”

“Nigeria unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order if necessary with their blood.

Alluding to the quit notice said to have been issued to the Ibos to quit northern part of Nigeria Buhari cautions that no Nigerian should be molested anywhere he/she is living to eke a living as such actions tantamount to criminality which will not be tolerated by the Nigerian state. According to him “every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in the country without let and hindrance. I believe the vast majority of Nigerians share this view”.

Buhari in London

Continuing the President affirmed “The national consensus is that it is better to live together than to live apart. This is not to deny that they are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance but the beauty and attraction of a federation are that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a model of co-existence. The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse”.

The Nigerian president then challenged the nation’s security forces with a resolve “terrorist and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that majority of us can live in peace and safety. Therefore we are going to reinforce, reinvigorate the fight not only against elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets, on kidnappings, farmers vs. Herdsmen clashes. In addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers, we shall tackle them all”.

The President concluded his marching orders by taking a conciliatory path. “Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of economic security, political evolution, and integration, as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians”.

Many reactions have already trailed President Buhari’s speech with many supporting his hard stance on the nation’s unity while many other commentators Including advocates of the restructuring of the nation’s political fabric have knocked it down as mere brinkmanship and empty without inspiration and hope. It remains to be seen how the returnee president will match his actions with words.