…Says that APC could have overrun the States won by PDP in 2019 if not for desire of Federal Government to be humanae
By Our Reporter
Abuja (Precise Post) –
This is also as he has revealed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) could have taken the states won by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 but for the desire of the Federal Government to be humane.
The president hinted that the onslaught could have been accomplished through the military and security agencies.
“With the use of the army, the police and the rest of them, we could have overrun you. We just wanted to show that we are humane and we are Nigerians,” Buhari said, during a meeting with the six North-East state governors, attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police and the heads of intelligence agencies.
Among PDP governors, who attended the meeting at Aso Rock were Ahmadu Fintri of Adamawa, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi and Darius Ishaku of Taraba.
At the meeting convened to discuss the security situation in the North-East, the president also said he expected the armed forces to up their game in the face of recurring security challenges, and pointed out that it was now a general consensus that the military ought to do better.
President Buhari described the challenges posed by COVID-19 as overwhelming, noting that it had taken a toll on the Nigerian economy.
He said his administration, which runs on the principles of restoring security, the economy, and taming corruption, had been of tremendous benefit to Nigerians even though some of those promises were yet to be actualised.
He said: “We have problems of resources and security. You know what we inherited. The people of the North-East will appreciate what this administration has done.
“The general report I am getting, other than from the conventional ones from intelligence sources, is that the army should do better, and this is the truth.
“It is so often coming to me that I have to believe it. I listened to your representation, the governor who is on the hotspot now in the North-East, Adamawa, Bauchi, and the rest of them are enjoying peace. I hope they are respecting the sacrifice made by the military.
“I assure you that the government is doing its best. Lack of resources has hit us very hard.
“COVID-19 is a phenomenon. It has no respect for colour, you can’t smell it, you can’t see it, and you can’t hear it. America and us are the same. It is a fantastic phenomenon. I think we should all go back to God.
“I assure you, North East governors, especially the governor of Borno, that we go to bed and wake up thinking about you and how to secure our country.
“That is the fundamental responsibility of a government – security. In our party, we recognise this. We campaigned on three fundamental issues: security, economy, and fighting corruption.
“Nigerians – we thank God – understood us and they voted for us. In 2019, we went round the whole country, saying the same thing and apologising for not doing better, but we are doing our best. I think Nigerians believe us and we did our best.
“It is true that we lost some states as a ruling party in a developing country, which is normal. I am proud of that because we are impartial, that is why as ruling party, we lost some states. That means we have our own mistakes.
“Some of those that defeated us are sitting here. We know we are a developing country but we respect our country; otherwise, with the use of the army, the police and the rest of them, we could have overrun you. We just wanted to show that we are humane and we are Nigerians. We will continue to do our best.”
The meeting, which held behind closed doors, had also Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; the National Security Adviser (NSA); Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and the Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, in attendance.
The North East governors were led by their chairman and governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum. The other governors were Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), and Mai Mala Buni (Yobe).
The Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i; Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, and the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, were in attendance.