Legacy: I hope Nigerians will be fair to me – President Buhari
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has said he hopes that Nigerians will be fair in deciding what his legacy as president is after he leaves office.
President Buhari made this know in during the ‘Good Morning Show’ on ARISE News Channel today, Thursday, 10th, 2021.
He said he is not in the position to talk about what his legacy will be after leaving office, but hopes that Nigerians will be fair to him in their judgement.
“I will like Nigerians to discuss it, I hope they will be fair to me,” Buhari said
Buhari also said that all appointments he makes are strictly based on merit and not based on ethnic or regional balance.
He said this in response to criticisms that he allegedly appoints more northerners in strategic positions.
In the interview, the Nigerian leader said he cannot jettison seniority and merit for balance and federal character.
Buhari said the new Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya was appointed because he was then heading Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram in the North-east and had the support and understanding of the troops.
“People who have been there for 18 years or even for 10 years, they trained in Zaria or in Abeokuta, they come through the ranks. And because they served under all the circumstances, the crises and everything and they gradually rise to that status and you think you just pick somebody just to balance up? These positions have to be earned,” he said.
Buhari said that he has given the military and police a marching order to be ruthless on bandits in the North-west and North-central zones. He said the country cannot afford another famine that could arise if the activities of the bandits are not checked.
“People of the same culture killing each other, stealing each other’s cattle, as I said, we are going to treat them in a language they understand. We are going to give the police and the military power to be ruthless and you watch it, in a few weeks time, they will be different.
The president also said he recently charged two governors of South-west states, who came to report attacks on farming communities in their states, to go back to their states and work hard to solve the crises rather than run to him in Abuja.
He also said that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, was not being fair to him when he accused him of supporting killer herdsmen.
When asked why his administration appears to be taking infrastructures to neighbouring countries while some parts of the country still lack proper infrastructures, the president said “If we are not in good relationship with Niger and Chad, Boko Hara would have done worst things to us.”
The pesident further said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will decide where the presidency would be zoned to in 2023.
He added that the Caretaker Committee of APC will submit their report to him by the end of this month which mark’s the end of their tenure.
Buhari said the report will show when the convention of the party would be organised.
When asked about his stance on the Nigeria’s suspension of microblogging platform Twitter the president turned down the question but insisted on armed response to the troubles in the South-east.
“I will keep that to myself,” Buhari said
On retirement plans, the president said he will go back to his farm to keep himself busy.