Buhari says No to Biafra, admits presence of saboteurs in his govt

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that not all key officials of his government are 100 percent loyal.

Fielding question in an interview with Al-Jazeera in Doha, Qatar, aired on Saturday, Buhari, said “Certainly” not all members of his administration would be loyal.

He anchored his position on the fact that most of the top government officials were inherited from the past administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to him, “People who want to be fair to us sit and reflect; from the President to the ministers to the permanent secretaries, they were all taken over after eight successive governments of those who are now in the opposition.

“So, we cannot assume that all of them are 100 per cent loyal to this government.”

On agitation for the creation of the Republic of Biafra, President Buhari asked the agitators to bury the thoughts, reminding them that the last agitation in the 60s claimed millions of lives.

He recalled, “At least two millions Nigerians were killed in the Biafra war. And for somebody to wake up, may be they weren’t born.

“Looking for Biafra after two millions people were killed, they are joking with security and Nigeria won’t tolerate Biafra.”

He also had this question for those calling for devaluation of Naira, “If it is against our national interest, why can’t we go against the IMF advice?

“I have explained that countries that play around with their currencies are countries that have enormous production capacities. They have factories in place. Their infrastructure, in terms of power, communications, and security, are virtually perfect.

“Nigeria imports virtually everything from rice to toothpicks. Now, if we don’t have the money to import those things, what is the value of further devaluing our naira?”

Asked about the perceived failure of his administration to tackle insurgency, the President dismissed insinuation that he has failed, stressing “I have not failed.

“When we came in, Boko Haram was effectively in 14 local governments. Nigeria has 774 local governments. They hoisted their flags and they said they had a certain caliphate but today they no longer have the capacity to hold any local government.

“They have reverted to improvised explosive devices blowing soft targets, and that will be a kind of terrorism which will be difficult to eliminate because it is technological, but they cannot hold any local government again.

“They are using technology but they cannot carry out organised attacks, overrun police post, attack military installations, they cannot do that now.”

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