June 12: Buhari Begs Nigerians To Be Fair To His Government

Following the commemoration of Democracy Day, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to be fair to his regime.

Buhari reportedly made this known during an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority, while giving his speech on Democracy day.

The President stated that, “I want Nigerians to be fair to this administration. They should reflect seriously on the time we came in, especially relative to the North East and the South-South.

“They should consider where we are now, the resources, how much oil we are producing; the previous administration before me was producing 2.1 million barrels per day at the price cost of $100 per barrel.”

He added that, “When we came in, militants in the South-South were unleashed on this administration and production went down to half a million barrels per day and then in the market, the oil market collapsed. I would like Nigerians to reflect on those in terms of resources and I believe that we have not done very badly.”

Speaking on the havoc caused by hoodlums during the EndSARS protest, the president stressed that, “What I mean is, how can you go to police station, kill the police people who are there, loot the armoury and burn the place? What do you want to achieve by opening prisons and allowing criminals who have been tried by the legal system and let them escape?”

He probed that, “How can government stand aside and allow this confusion to be perpetrated? All they need is confusion and no government can allow confusion.

Buhari said that, “Look at the #EndSARS incident. The previous governor of Lagos State bought 200 buses to complement the transportation in Lagos and he built a complex involving rails but they went and burnt them.”

When he was asked if he would respond ‘fire for fire,’ the President responded, “More than that. We will arrest them, try them, give them very bad publicity and then jail them so that people will know that if they misbehave, they will not get away with it.”

Buhari made it known that those accusing him of double standard for not going hard on bandits are unfair, stating that, “They should go and ask the governors of Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states and find out how we have been deploying the police and the military to deal with the bandits. We are not sparing anybody but Nigeria is vast and there are a lot of forests.”

He added that “Those funding terrorism are trying to find relevance. They want to use their resources that they have accumulated over time to prove that they are still relevant and we will deal with them.”

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