…Says every Nigerian has the right to stay anywhere
By Samuel Ibiyemi
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to fight and destroy terrorists and criminals so that Nigerians can live in peace and safety anywhere in the country.
President Buhari who expressed his disappointment in a special broadcast to comme-morate his first official day in office after 103 days of medical vacation in London, United Kingdom over some of the comments, especially in the social media said that groups calling for quit notice and independence of Biafra have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation.
He explained that in the course of his stay in the United Kingdom, he kept in daily touch with events at home. He observed that Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but distressed to notice the call for quit notice by various groups. “This is a step too far,” he lamented.
According to Buhari, terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of Nigerians can live in peace and safety.
“Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance. Furthermore, I am charging the security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax,” he warned.
Buhari noted that Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. In his warning to advocates of quit notice, he said “We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood”.
The President warned that the National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse. This, he said was not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. “Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence,” he explained.