INTERVIEW UPDATES: Buhari Addresses Nigerians in Rare TV Interview, Reveals What He Will Do After Leaving Aso Villa
President Muhammadu Buhari is featuring in an exclusive interview on The Morning Show Special of Arise News.
I am almost overwhelmed by northwest’s problem – Buhari
President Buhari said he has made progress in the northeast and the south-south but he is almost overwhelmed by the
northwest’s security challenges. He, however, gave assurance that the northwest’s challenges will be addressed too.
What I will do after presidency
“I have never abandoned my farm,” the president said.
The president however, said he would go to his farm daily and keep himself busy. But in the meantime, the president said he will
keep convincing Nigerians that he means well for them.
On infrastructure connecting Niger
Asked why his administration is constructing rail and also road projects connecting Niger, the president quotes that it’s
important to have good relationships with the neighbouring countries for the sake of security.
He also noted that Niger Republic has discovered oil and his administration wants the country to “come through
Nigeria, rather than through Benin Republic.
On Boko Haram
Speaking on the Boko Haram insurgency, the president said Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state is working very
hard and taking a lot of risks.
He also noted that he recently changed service chiefs to re-energise the fight against Boko Haram and other security
Condemning the Boko Haram terrorists, the president said:
“You can’t kill innocent people and say God is great.”
However, he partly blamed the security crisis on poverty and unemployment, noting that the “level of poverty is almost
Nevertheless, the president said his administration has recorded significant achievements, noting that Nigerians know
the difference between when he came in and now.
President Buhari speaks on corruption
President Buhari said corruption is very difficult to fight under the civilian system, lamenting about the delay in the
prosecution of accused. However, he gave assurance that his government does not tolerate corruption
President Buhari noted that his administration to close the land borders to revive the agricultural sector. He added that there are fertilisers available for the farmers.
“We were very impressed with Nigerians as they go back to the farm,” he said
On suspension of Twitter
“That I will keep to myself,” the president said.
Governor Ortom is being unfair to me
President Buhari says Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state accused him of not punishing the killer herdsmen
because he is one of them. The president said he cannot deny the fact that he is Fulani but the Benue governor was
unfair to him in his criticism.
President speaks on open grazing/herdsmen crisis
Asked what he is doing to address the herdsmen crisis, the president said his government is working to resuscitate
grazing areas and cattle routes so that cattle do not stray into farms. He added that those whose cattle stray into farms
will be easily identified and dealt with accordingly.
The police have been directed to be ruthless
President Buhari says he has directed the Nigeria Police Force to be ruthless with anyone or group causing unrest in
He said: “We have given the Police the directive to be ruthless with people stealing another person’s belongings and
destroying others’ property. You will see that there will be a difference in coming weeks.”
President Buhari insists those causing security crises will be treated “in the language they understand.”
Interview stops airing
The TV network has currently stopped airing the interview with the president and is now debating the Twitter ban and
a statement made by the minister of information, Lai Mohammed over the development.
Note: The interview with the president is pre-recorded, not live.
By Cynthia N.