Buhari reaffirms Nigeria's territorial integrity

Monday December 3 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari receives from

President Muhammadu Buhari receives from Nigeria Chief of Army Staff Tukur Yusuf Buratai an excellence award during a military staff annual conference on November 28, 2018, in Maiduguri as part of a visit to troops on front lines of the Boko Haram conflict. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MOHAMMED MOMOH
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President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed that no part of Nigeria was under the control of the Boko Haram terrorists.

While acknowledging that it had not been easy financing the security sector, the president said the Nigerian Armed Forces were equal to the task.

He called on Nigerians to remain vigilant and supportive of Federal Government’s efforts to ensure the security of lives and property.

President Buhari, who is in Poland to attend the UN Climate Change Conference COP24, regretted that herdsmen and farmers' clashes in Nigeria had been politicised, and assured that the government would continue to “prioritise security because that is what many investors consider first before investing in the country’’.

Remain focussed

The Nigerian leader reiterated that his government would continue to remain focussed and deliver on the three focal points of his campaign in 2015: security, economy and the fight against corruption.

‘‘Those in the North East will tell you that in spite of the recent setbacks, there is a difference between the time we came and before.

‘‘We are not doing badly on security, economy and agriculture. We have virtually stopped the importation of food especially rice and we are saving a lot of money," he said.

President Buhari dismissed claims that he was a mystery being, Jubril from Sudan, having died and been cloned.

He was responding to a question at an interactive session with the Nigerian Community in Krakow.

Stolen assets

A Nigerian living in Poland had wanted to know if he (President Buhari) was real or the much talked about Jubril from Sudan’’ -his supposed double.

President Buhari described the authors of the confusion about him as ‘‘ignorant and irreligious’’.

The Nigerian leader said he was looking forward to celebrating his 76th birthday on December 17 and jocularly added: ‘‘If I am getting harassed by anyone, it is my grandchildren, who are getting too many.’’

On the fight against corruption, he said all recovered stolen assets would be sold and the proceeds returned to the treasury for the benefit of Nigerians.

On women representation in his government, the president told the meeting: ‘‘I have plans for all Nigerians. I am not a male chauvinist. If I’m a chauvinist will I give the Finance ministry to women?’’

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