Buhari: ‘Small number of people with resource and influence’ behind ethnic riots

Buhari,left, with Borno-Yobe delegation
Buhari,left, with Borno-Yobe delegation

President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed the upheavals in some parts of the country to a few people with resources and influence.

And he vowed to identify and deal with them in due course.

Buhari spoke Tuesday in Abuja when he received a delegation of Borno/Yobe Elders Forum on a courtesy call.

According to him, the stability of the country is of paramount interest to him and Federal Government will continue to work towards it despite the actions of the few people.

“We need this country. We will continue to work for its stability. I feel that whatever happens, we will continue to make it, and will keep on praying to God so that for those who feel that they don’t need Nigeria, we will succeed over their intentions and actions.”

“I am confident that we will eventually convince the small number of people with resource and influence that are a nuisance to this great country. God willing, we will identify them, and deal with them. I am extremely concerned about your constituency like the rest of the country.”

President Buhari noted the request for the upgrade and development of infrastructure in the states and assured that while he would do his best in acceding to the requests, he would however, prioritise development in education.

“We are aware of the infrastructure deficit. Our priorities will be education because all our citizens know that children within a certain age must receive it otherwise if they miss it, the future is destroyed.”

He expressed appreciation to the leaders for coming to terms with the positive improvement that has occurred in the states since the inception of the administration.

Professor Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, said the leaders were in Abuja to thank the President for the tremendous improvement in their states and to intimate him with some of the prevailing socio-economic conditions.

Also speaking at the event, Architect Ibrahim Bunu and Gambo Gubio expressed appreciation to the President as well as the armed forces for their commitment and sacrifices in bringing a new lease of life to the Northeast.

They requested for completion of long-standing infrastructure and on-going projects in the states, especially roads.

They also called on the President to continue oil exploration in the Chad Basin initiated when he was the Minister of Petroleum in the 70s and the recharging of the Lake Chad which the President is passionate about.

Also on the delegation were Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, former Governor Kashmir Shettima of Borno State, as well as senators, traditional rulers and elders in the two states.


  1. You and your fulani tribe should be held responsible. Since you have sworn to high heavens that all strategic positions in Nigeria MUST be held by a Northerner with special preference for Fulanis this country MUST be broken into pieces. What do expect when you chose to rehabilitate murderous terrorists and unleash them on innocent Nigerians What about ordering your fulani soldiers to kill defenceless non violent protesting youths ( ENDSARS). UAE arrested six Nigerians of Northern extraction who are sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists group but you failed to tell Nigerians who they are because they are from the North. You and your army of herdsmen cannot stop the music of separation. Nigeria will soon become history.

  2. The people responsible for our current predictable are no longer the relics of Gaddafi’s army. Today, they are influential and wealthy Nigerians, their names he wouldn’t release other than treaten them( an abstract). Buhari also wants a united Nigeria but continues to do things that would tear the country apart e.g his believe that only Fulani are qualified to hold almost 90% of the country’s critical appointments. Time will tell.

  3. What a white lie from the President.

    Every discerning, bipartisan and keen observers know that the crisis in Nigeria was caused by the inactions of this President and the actions of Miyetti Allah cattle Breeders association and the Fulani political elites.

    It was the killer Fulani herdsmen that illegally entered ancestral lands of other people and set up settlements and have the temerity to be abducting, raping, killing and butchering the indigenous people without any rebuke, repercussions and actions from the government.

    The people have endured these madness for 6 years and now they are ready to die in defense of their ancestral lands.

    The situation in Nigeria doesn’t need too much meetings and deliberations.

    The killer Fulani herdsmen must vacate people’s farmlands immediately.

    They are not different from any business enterprises that, rent, lease or buy lands before embarking on business.

    Until the government held the killer Fulani herdsmen accountable for their encroachment, trespasses, abductions, raping, killing and butchering Nigerians, they would remain threats to national security of Nigeria.

    Buhari knows the truth. Enough of this prejudices, bigotry and protectionism.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

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