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12 hours ago

Muhammadu Buhari

TRANSCRIPT OF PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI INTERVIEW WITH THE INTERVIEW MAGAZINE (JANUARY 2020)

TI: We have not heard much about the Professor Doyin Salami-led Economic Advisory Council after it was inaugurated in October. Why?

PMB: They don’t have to play to the gallery in doing their work. They don’t have to do it on the pages of newspapers, but rest assured that they are working quietly and efficiently. Results are what matter, and you will see their influence on our economic policies in due course.

TI: Even though the general election ended nearly seven months ago, the country still appears to be in campaign mode, with politicians discussing 2023 as if it was next year. What do you think is responsible for this?

PMB: It is often said that while statesmen think of governance, and how they can make things better for their country, politicians think of the next election.

Elections, as necessary as they are in a democracy, must not consume our entire lives, times and resources. We must give space for the development of our country. I am hundred percent concentrating on how we can move the country forward economically; how we can bring about peace and security to our country.

TI: After you won re-election in March, you said the next four years will be tough. That has been given different interpretations, including concerns of greater economic hardship. Was that what you meant?

PMB: I meant tough in terms of decisions we would take (and which we are now taking) and not in terms of hardship for the people. But those who love to twist everything attempted to change the meaning. But we are glad that those who know really know. No good leader should wish his people tough times at anytime.

All Federal loans contracted are directly earmarked for infrastructural projects. Those who are interested can check with various Ministries. Some of these loans are also self-liquidating. A win-win situation

TI: Your comment at last year’s NBA conference in Abuja, suggesting that national security takes precedence over the rule of law, has been used to criticise the government’s human rights record, especially the extended detention of Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore in spite of court orders for their bail. How does your government prioritise the rule of law?

PMB: The two examples you cited are still before the courts, so the less said on this matter, the better, lest we be in contempt of court.

TI: You once described yourself as a “reformed democrat”, but lately your critics have insisted that you’re still a “dictator”, in fact, “a military dictator,” citing heavy-handed police tactics against protesters, for example. What do you think it would take to change this perception?

PMB: You called them critics. If they are critics, you would hardly expect them to garland me. Rather, they would look for things to try and de-market me. But I am glad that as they do that,

millions of Nigerians know who their President truly is, and they have made it clear in 2015 and 2019 presidential elections. All countries, including the old democracies must maintain law and order. If you look around the world, our policing operations are as restrained as any.

TI: Did it worry you that PUNCH took a stand to call you “Major General (rtd)” instead of “President”; and to address your government as “regime”, as symbolic protest over the government’s disobedience of court orders?

PMB: Am I not a retired Major General of the Nigerian Army? I didn’t just pick the rank in the streets, I earned it.

TI: Does a “cabal” really exist in your government, or is it just a phantom description based on insufficient information about the extent of influence some close aides or relatives have over you as President?

PMB: I addressed this matter before. I was the one who went round the country on campaigns, and I was the one voted into office as President twice. No one else did, and no one else took the oath of office, and can exercise the powers of a President.

TI: You promised to lift 100 million Nigerians from poverty in the next ten years. But the forecast for the five to ten years is not very encouraging, especially because population growth may outstrip GDP. How do you intend to balance the dilemma?

PMB: Always keep your eyes on the future, a future filled with hope. If you keep looking back, you may stumble and fall. We have announced our intention of starting the process of lifting 100 million out of poverty in 10 years, and we keep it ahead of us as a goal.

We work towards it, and will hand over the baton to succeeding governments.

Every positive Nigerian should wish government well. We must work on our GDP to be positively relative to our population. Our population potential is a great plus to us in our relations with the outside world. A prominent international magazine has recently forecast Nigeria to be the next major economic power.

Unbiased international commentators see our enormous potential. But some blinkered Nigerians see nothing good in the government of their country and take delight at each turn to disparage us. But time and our policies will prove them wrong.

TI: In spite of your government’s assurances that Nigeria’s debt-GDP ratio is relatively low, there is still the feeling that we’re over-borrowing – that what the country needs is better revenue, and not to pile on debts. Do you agree?

PMB: The feeling. That is what you say. Financial matters are explicit, and you don’t run them by feelings.

Those who know, both nationally and internationally, say our borrowing vis-a-viz GDP, is under control, yet some people continue to comment without much understanding.

But we continue to do what is needful, for the good of our country. All Federal loans contracted are directly earmarked for infrastructural projects. Those who are interested can check with various Ministries. Some of these loans are also self-liquidating. A win-win situation.

TI: At a recent book presentation, General TY Danjuma (rtd) said the country was in a deep hole and that if he opened his mouth, Nigerians won’t be able to sleep. That appears to be a vote of low confidence in your government.

PMB: And what is the vote of confidence of Nigerians in me, as expressed in the polls last year? That is what matters more, not the opinion of one man.

TI: How would you describe your relationship with Vice President Osinbajo, on a scale of one to ten?

PMB: Perfect. Or has he complained to you? (Laughs) Thank you very much.

TI: On the whole what major gains do you think the country made in 2019?

PMB: Read my letter to Nigerians on New Year Day. The question was well answered there. The progress was on many fronts
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7 days ago

Muhammadu Buhari

The terrorist killing of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika, Adamawa State is cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative. My deepest condolences to his family, the Christian community across Nigeria, and the Government and people of Adamawa.

I am greatly saddened by the fact that the terrorists went on to kill him even while giving signals of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties. This barbarism is condemnable. We will ensure that these terrorists pay a heavy price for their evil actions.

This incident has further strengthened our resolve as a Government, and the resolve of our gallant Armed Forces, to comprehensively defeat all terrorist groups sowing death, violence and destruction in our country and across West Africa.
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1 week ago

Muhammadu Buhari

MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT XI JINPING AND ALL CITIZENS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA ON THE CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

As celebrations of the Chinese Year of the Rat by Chinese community in Nigeria and across the world commence on 25th January this year, on behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I extend my warmest and most sincere greetings and wishes to you and the Chinese people for a promising and auspicious Lunar New Year.

In the past year, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China was warmly celebrated. The tremendous achievements made by the Chinese people fully demonstrate that China has found the successful development path that fits its national reality.

The past year has also been a productive one for China-Nigeria relations. The all-round, wide-ranging and high-quality bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and China has been further intensified, and our belief in the One China policy re-affirmed. There is a new impetus in Nigeria-China relations and we have new opportunities for mutual benefits.

I note that 2020 marks the year China will finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and the final year of the 13th Five-Year Plan. We are delighted that China is making positive progress, setting a good example for developing countries to pursue their own development goals.

This year is also the 20th anniversary of Forum for China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). We are delighted to see that FOCAC has become an effective platform between Nigeria and China and achieved major progress of boosting concrete trade and cooperation and benefiting people of both countries.

I understand that the rat is the first sign from the cycle of Chinese Astrology that makes 2020 a year of new beginnings and renewals. I would like to take this as a new outset to work with China hand in hand to develop the Belt and Road Initiative, further implement the outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing Summit, and promote the Nigeria-China strategic partnership to a new level.

While wishing that the Year of the Rat witnesses the common development of our two countries and a better life of our peoples, please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest esteem and personal regards.

Once again, Happy New Year!

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria
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Today I declared open the second edition of the conference of Auditors-General in Nigeria. I reminded them of their constitutional role to uncover corrupt practices at all levels of government, and even more importantly ensure that loopholes are blocked before they are exploited.

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The terrorist killing of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika, Adamawa State is cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative. My deepest condolences to his family, the Christian community across Nigeria, and the Govt & people of Adamawa.

We need a Commonwealth based on trade, writes @MBuhari ahead of the UK-Africa summit today https://t.co/A1O0nt1zwV

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