Buhari Again Insists On Leaving For Niger Republic If Threatened In Daura

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he would run to the neighbouring Niger Republic to seek a safe haven if disturbed or there is trouble after he leaves office on May 29, 2023.

President Buhari who spoke on Tuesday during the inauguration of the N19.6 billion Nigeria Customs Service Corporate headquarters in Abuja, said, “I try to plan to be as far away from Abuja as possible. I came from an area which is far away from Abuja.” “If anybody with force moves, I have a good relationship with my neighbours. Niger people will defend me.”

According to Buhari, he visited the Niger Republic, Chad, and Cameroon on his first official trip after becoming president of Nigeria to strengthen ties with those nations, The Sun reported.

Buhari claimed the Niger Republic is closer to his hometown than Abuja, the capital region of Nigeria, where he ruled as military Head of State between 1983 and 1985 before returning in 2015 as a democratically elected president.

I just have six more days, so I uttered these few things about my personal belief, he explained. You can read more of such stories at Credible News.

“That is why, when I assumed the office of President, my first trip was to Niger, Chad, and Cameroon because of neighbourhood, personal, and national considerations. ”If you don’t secure the confidence of your neighbour, you are in trouble. “If you are not in trouble, your children and grandchildren will be in trouble. “So it is very good I established a relationship with my neighbours.”

You will recall that President Buhari had on April 29 during the ninth and final Sallah homage to him by residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he “can’t wait to go home to Daura” and “if they make any noise to disturb me in Daura, I will leave for the Niger Republic.”  

The comment sparked a flurry of reactions from Nigerians as it is being interpreted by many as evidence of the president’s disinterest in the country’s current state of insecurity, economic decline, and widespread corruption.

The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) described the remark on relocating to the Niger Republic after the May 29 handover as an indication that the President was not committed to Nigeria.

The MBF maintained the comment simply showed that the president had never been committed to Nigeria in the first place.

MBF National President, Dr Bitrus Pogu, said in a statement: “A Nigerian President, who has served this country, should be here to die with Nigeria and Nigerians if he believed in Nigeria when he was president.

“So, for him to make that statement it may just mean that he didn’t believe in Nigeria in the first place. And it is unfortunate for him to have made that statement.

“We pray that we will have a President who believes in Nigeria, who will die with Nigeria, and who will die for Nigeria. Not somebody who if he finds things tough will run away from Nigeria to a safer haven.”

“It is an unfortunate statement, I don’t know why he made that statement and I don’t know how his thoughts go but a person who believes in his country wouldn’t make such a statement because this is the only country that made him President and he should never back out whether he is serving or not; he should never back out from his country and her problems.”  

You can read more of such stories at Credible News and The Cheer News.

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