President Muhammadu Buhari is Back to Work!
President Muhammadu Buhari has resumed office at the State House this morning, according to Channels Television.
The television station stated that the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, told journalists that President Buhari stepped into his office some minutes past eleven this morning.
Adesina reportedly confirmed that the President has signed the letter informing the National Assembly of his resumption of duty today.
Earlier today, President Buhari disclosed that although there are “legitimate concerns” and “every group has a grievance”, a former Biafra leader, Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu, had concluded before his death that Nigeria must remain one and united.
President Buhari made this disclosure in his first official nationwide broadcast after returning from his medical holiday that lasted for about 104 days in the United Kingdom.
He said that he hosted Ikemba Ojukwu in 2003 in his Daura home where they analysed Nigeria’s problems in great depth, before his foray into politics. According to him, that was when both of them concluded that Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. The President said “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.”
It would be recalled that Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu was a Nigerian Military Officer and politician who served as Military Governor of Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966. He became leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970. Ojukwu later became an active politician from 1983 until his death in 2011.
Also in this morning’s broadcast, President Buhari enjoined security agencies not to relax as a result of the successes they have recorded in the last 18 months, adding that they should redouble their efforts to relentlessly fight terrorists and criminals in every part of the country.
Against the backdrop of agitations by certain ethnic groups for the dissolution of Nigeria which has culminated into quit notices to some groups by their hosts, the President assured that: “Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.”
He also assured that the Federal Government is prepared to reinvigorate the fight not only against Boko Haram, farmers versus herdsmen, but also against “ethnic clashes fueled by political mischief makers.”
President Buhari implored Nigerians to support the government as it tackles challenges facing the country. He said: “Our collective interest now is to eschew ethnic differences and come together to face common challenges of economic, security, political evolution and integration and lasting peace among all Nigerians.”
He thanked Nigerians for their prayers and goodwill while he was in London and thanked God for reuniting him with his country men and women.
The eagerly awaited Presidential broadcast was over in about five minutes.
- Cornelius Ellah