• Tony Igele

President Buhari’s speech makes his intentions clear – APC Chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech makes it clear that all Nigerians are free to live, work and operate in any part of the country.

The National Chairman of Nigeria’s governing party, Mr. John Oyegun of the All Progressives Congress, APC stated this while speaking to journalists at the party’s headquarters in reaction to the speech the President made after returning from three months medical leave in London.

He said that the speech focused on the issue of the country’s unity.

“He has been away for quite a bit of time. Agents of destabilisation have been very much at work because they thought his absence created a gap and a weakness within the polity which they tried to exploit. So, Mr. President in his wisdom discerned that the stability, unity, peace and security of this nation and the ordinary Nigerian are the key issues at this material time.

He addressed them and went straight to the core of the issues. He left nobody in any doubt that any Nigerian is entitled as a matter of right to live, work and operate in any part of this country.

But he drew one red line that the only thing that is not on the table is that this nation cannot be divided. He made it clear that the unity of the Nigerian nation is not up for negotiation of any type,” he said.

Still on the speech, Mr. Oyegun emphasized what the president said, about leaving making of laws concerning Nigeria to the legislators.

“He made it clear and left no one in any doubt that yes, while people can discuss issues and the relationship in the nation, the National Assembly is there to handle such issues. The only issue that is out of bounds is the unity of this nation.

That, as the situation is today, the institutions of state that can legitimately deal with any changes in the relativity within the nation is the National Assembly and the National Council of State. It is the National Assembly that makes laws. So the situation is so clear and unambiguous. He did not say you can’t discuss but the only issue that was not on the table is the unity of the Nigerian nation.”

The APC National Chairman assured Nigerians that the President was healed and strong, and with the Vice president as a team, was back in “full fighting force.”

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