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Presidency blames opposition for Fulani herdsmen crisis

Presidency blames opposition for Fulani herdsmen crisis

By Abel Udoekene

The presidency yesterday blamed opposition party for its inability to put an end to the Fulani herdsmen’s crisis.

This was contained in an article written by the Senior Special Assistant to president Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu who also disclosed that it will take the People Democratic party 8 – 12 years to become a formidable force in the challenge for the presidency.

Shehu noted that the Federal government has irrefutable evidence that even though most of the Fulani-herdsmen’s killings were arising from herdsmen-farmers’ attacks, some of them were politically driven.

He gave an instance of the recent arrests by the army in Taraba State, according to him it points to a clear political sponsorship and the kingpins, some of whom have been arrested and have been handed over to the DSS for further investigation.

“Others who are being sought have either gone into hiding or they are pulling strings of blackmail to force the hand of government to abandon the search for them. 

It is clear by now that the Middle Belt killings, even if they are not caused by the opposition, are no doubt seen as a political opportunity to set the tone for the 2019 elections.” he said.

He revealed how a political warlord recently ordered the provocative stoning of Nigerian Air Force personnel as their chopper landed in a Northeastern state.

He said Nigerians expected Buhari to do magic and undo the damage several decades of mis-governance in 3 years.

“Nigerians had expected him to undo the damage several decades of mis-governance… naturally, many are already feeling frustrated that he hadn’t done that in three years.” he continued.

He boasted that president Buhari will win massively in 2019.

“For President Buhari, who won with massive votes in 2015, his major challenge is to do as well as he did, or even better. He came to power with a lot of expectations and Nigerians had, justifiably placed very high hopes on him.

“As we said sometimes back, he, as a consequence, has become a victim of the tyranny of expectations. The weight of unrealistic expectations has evidently blinded many of the people from seeing the revolutionary changes happening across the nation.

“There is no way, therefore, they can choose leaders with unanimity. What then they have taken to is scaremongering by fanning ethnic and religious divisions among the minorities, especially in the Middle Belt where hundreds of innocent citizens are confronted with violent death,

“More, however, could still have been achieved if there was cooperation extended to the security agencies by everyone, and by everyone, I mean especially the political opposition.

“A so-called Third Force has failed to get political traction since its birth. This is understandable, given that they have promised to give the country everything that is new but have so far produced no new faces, no new ways of doing things. Certainly, there is no face that can be called the President of Nigeria.

“For the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) parading itself on the glory of being the largest opposition, the party has not less than 10 leaders acutely ambitious to rule Nigeria.

“It will take them minimally two to three terms of presidential tenure, that is eight to twelve years to reinvent the party.”

“By it, 7.5 million children are served free meals in schools. This has improved school attendance. Two Hundred thousand graduates are now enrolled through N-Power, and 300,000 have just passed screening in the biggest, most audacious employment scheme on the continent.

“Our youths have a lot of ideas and many who need support, mentoring and guidance under the various schemes under the Social Investment Programme of the government are getting help.

“We are importing 90 per cent less rice than we did three years back, the World Bank has certified Nigeria as being one of the top ten most improved economies in the world.

“The power ministry has done commendably well, raising generation from an average of 2,600 megawatts to 7,500 MW.

“Today, each state has a minimum of between one to five federal roads under construction or reconstruction. Some have as many as eight or nine. The legendary Second Niger Bridge is by now 44 per cent complete, putting to shame the many years of platitudes and lies by several past administrations.

“What this government is doing is different and the results are showing. For example, the decline which began in 2014 and stabilising the economy for Nigerians, recovery of stolen national assets and economic restructuring for the growth of the private sector as the best solution to unemployment.

“Others include demonstrable infrastructure improvement: roads, power and energy and re-establishment of a collaborative working relationship between the president and the vice-president as a model of how Northern/Southern, Muslim/Christian, older/younger Nigerians can and should work together.

“The thing about the second term in all political climes is that voters must have a practical reason to vote for someone. President Buhari has not given anyone an excuse not to choose him on this count. His is an administration that has something for everyone.

“Supporters who talk about a noticeable loss of faith by some must note that there is nothing permanent in politics. Many of the allies will, in pursuit of power, come back to the APC, being the party with superior power.” he added

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mike okoro

the president thinks he is dealing with idiots in nigeria abi, he is indeed a tupid man.

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no he is not tupid man
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