The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has advised that Nigerians who have another country to relocate to should go ahead and leave. However, on his own part, he would remain here and rebuild the broken walls of the nation.
In a statement on Tuesday, November 1, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari was quoted as saying this during a meeting with stakeholders from the Niger Delta region at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the presidential aide, Buhari said his government was resolute on making life easy and cheap for all Nigerians but also added that anyone who wants to leave is free.
Shehu quoted the President to have declared:
“We are determined to make life comfortable and affordable to all Nigerians. If anybody has another country to go to, let him go, we will stay here and salvage our country.”
The President was also reported to have told the leaders of the Niger Delta that they had a bigger role to play in the restoration of peace to the South-South region than anybody else, considering the level of influence they have on militant groups operating in the region. He further expressed his administration’s firmness of purpose to stay fixed on its major campaign promises of ensuring national securing, war against corruption and job creation through the improvement of the economy.
Continuing, Buhari pointed out that peace, security, investment and prosperity are intertwined adding that “if we give peace a chance, investors will come here to invest. Nobody will invest in an insecure environment”.
He went on to state that his administration met a lot of problems on ground as shown in the fall of oil prices, inability of 27 out of the 36 states to pay salaries, absence of savings to fall back on and having to deal with an elite who didn’t seem to care. All these, according to him, made his government to arrive at the conclusion that, ‘life as usual is no longer affordable’.