Buhari Applauds And Criticizes Nigerians in His 7.00am Broadcast

President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving
medical attention in London.

The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing
over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as
Acting President since then.

This was his speech to Nigerians following his return
AUGUST 21, 2017.

My dear citizens,
I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am
pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

2. In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in
daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in
discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of
the comments, especially on social media, have crossed our national
red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation.
This is a step too far.

3. In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka
Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days
we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the
problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country
must remain one and united.

4. Nigerians unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow
irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they
run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back
order, if necessary with their blood.

5. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business
anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

6. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.

7. This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group
has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that
it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode
of co-existence.

8. The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the
legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.

9. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than
to live apart.

10. Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the
successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.

11. Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly
so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.

12. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not
only against;
; elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks
on soft targets
; kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,
; in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers.
We shall tackle them all.

13. Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew
petty differences and come together to face common challenges of;
; economic security,
; political evolution and integration
; as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

14. I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are
achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.

15. Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.

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