President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed one of the things that was done to his government following his assumption of office as the number one citizen of the country.
According to TheCable, President Buhari said that Niger Delta militants were unleashed on his administration. Buhari said this on Wednesday while commenting on the challenges his government encountered when it came on board.
He said through dedication and hard work, his government was able to surmount those challenges.
The president spoke at a mega rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which held at Eagle Square, Abuja.
“When we came in, Boko Haram was controlling 17 local government areas and even operating here in Abuja but today that is no longer happening,” he said. What Boko Haram is doing now is to indoctrinate some young people. Our government faced so many challenges… militants were unleashed on my administration but we have been able to make progress.”
Buhari spoke a few hours after some militants endorsed his re-election bid.
The resurgence of militancy under Buhari happened in the heat of economic recession. Led by a group known as the Niger Delta Avengers, the militants blew up several oil pipelines in the region.
This affected the country’s oil production and created economic instability.
Recall also that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) filed a suit against President Muhammadu Buhari over the attendance of two Nigerien Governors at his rally in Kano.
Issa Moussa of Zinder and Zakiri Umar of Maradi, the governors, attended the rally which held on January 31.
In a suit, the opposition party asked a federal high court in Abuja to determine whether the presence of governors of the neighbouring countries is not a violation of Nigerian laws.
Quoting section 12 of the electoral act 2010, the opposition party argued that only Nigerian citizens are eligible to participate in elections in Nigeria.
“The substantive matter in this suit seeks an order of this honourable court, seeking to direct the 1st-3rd defendants to preclude and ensure that foreigners/aliens do not participate in the 2019 general elections,” the suit read.
“The substantive suit is a pre-election matter as it raises issues that ought to be determined before the 2019 general elections are held. The foregoing has created a situation of real urgency.
“A DECLARATION that, having regard to the provisison of Section 12 of the Electoral Act 2-10 (as amended), foreigners and/ or aliens cannot partivipate either directly or indirectly in the General Electionms of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“A DECLARATION that the participation of the 2 Nigerien governors in the 4th defendant’s campaign rally is contrary to Nigerian law and public policy.
Joined in the suit were the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria Immigration Service, Abdulrahman Dambazau, minister for interior; and the APC.
The suit was filed on behalf of the opposition party by Adedamola Fanokun, a lawyer, on February 8.
Nigerians are waiting to see how the legal battle turns out as the country heads to make a crucial political choice of who will lead the nation for the next four years.
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