POLITICS: Mohammadu Buhari’s 21st February Speech To The Nigerian Community in London

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By Efio-Ita Nyok
Mohammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) is presently in London. The APC says Buhari is there to address the international foreign policy community in Chatham House in the United Kingdom come Thursday 26 February. This is geared towards dissuading the international community from the perception that Buhari will be autocratic in government should he win the presidency in the forthcoming 28 March 2015 general elections.
However, the ruling political party, namely, Peoples Democratic Party PDP, is of the opinion that Buhari is visiting London for health reasons. But the APC has discountenanced this position by the PDP.
Again, the PDP has said that the said speech alleged to hold in London was actually recorded in Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Below is excerpts of the said speech:
“One of the major killer of our
economy apart from corruption is Waste. Our
scarce resources are being plunder away very
carelessly and unnecessarily wasted. “Let me
give an instance, presently, there are more than
6 aircraft in the presidential fleet.
What do you call that? “Billions of naira is budgeted
every year for the maintenance of these aircraft not
to
talk of operational cost and other expenses.
“You may want to ask what a Nigerian President
is doing with so much aircraft when a Prime
Minister of Britain fly around using the same
public aircraft like an ordinary Briton.
“Go and check and compare with that of any
developed
country in the world, the office of the Nigerian
President is a very expensive one inspite our
high level of poverty and joblessness.
“Despite all these, you still find a Nigerian Minister
spending about N10billion to charter an aircraft
for just one year.”Now, for me, when we come
into office, all these waste will be blocked and
properly channelled into our economy.
“We
intend for instance, to bring back our National
carrier, the Nigerian Airways.”We shall do this by
bringing all the aircraft in the presidential fleet
into the Nigerian airway and within a year
increase the fleet into about 20.
What is the Difference between me and those who
elected us
to represent them, absolutely nothing. Why
should Nigerian President not fly with other
Nigerian public?”Why do I need to embark on a
foreign trip as a president with a huge crowd
with public funds?”Why do I need to go for
foreign medical trip if we cannot make our
hospital functional?”Why do we need to send
our children to school abroad if we cannot
developed our university to compete with the
foreign ones?
“Why, and why must our people be
servants to the foreigners in the midst of plenty?
I can go on and on.”I came here in the UK and I
chose to trek just to make sure I sent a message
back home to some people who wish us
dead.
This is not my struggle, it is our collective
efforts to save Nigeria from those who have
failed us for 16 years.”-
General Muhammadu Buhari speaking in London
on Saturday, February 21,