- President Muhammadu Buhari has finally acknowledged APC bannerman, Bola Ahmed Tinubu as his preferred successor
- In an interview with American news platform Bloomberg, the president admitted that he will be endorsing Tinubu at the 2023 presidential polls
- Reflecting on his administration so far, Buhari said his government has performed excellently in terms of curbing insecurity, infrastructural development and fight against corruption
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally opened up on his most preferred presidential candidate heading into the 2023 general election, the New Telegraph reported.
According to the newspaper, the president in an interview with Bloomberg News revealed that the All Progressive Congress (APC) flag bearer, Bola Tinubu will get his endorsement ahead of the 2023 presidential polls.
As gathered by Legit.ng, when asked if he plans to endorse the former Lagos state governor, he simply said:
“Yes. I will endorse the APC candidate for president.”
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While reflecting on his time so far as president of Nigeria, Buhari stated that his administration has ticked the box in the fight against corruption.
“We leave Nigeria in a far better place than we found it. Corruption is less hidden for Nigerians feel empowered to report it without fear, while money is returned; terrorists no longer hold any territory in Nigeria, and their leaders are deceased, and vast infrastructure development sets the country on course for sustainable and equitable growth.”
In terms of insecurity, the president said his administration has been able to subside incessant cases of insecurity in the country as it were before.
Citing the long-decade Herder-Famer clash, he said his administration was able to douse the rift between them.
“The National Livestock Transformation Plan, putting ranching at its core, is the only way to deplete the competition for resources at the core of the clashes.
“Governors from some individual states have sought to play politics where ranches have been established, but where there have been disputes have dramatically reduced.”
Buhari urge western allies to declare IPOB a terrorist group
According to Leadership Newspaper, the president also reflected on the incessant attack and agitation by the southeast outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
He said urged the international community to declare and proscribe IPOB as a terrorist group.
“We urge those same international partners to take additional steps costing them nothing, by proscribing another group – IPOB – as a terrorist organisation.
“Their leadership enjoys haven in the West, broadcasting hate speech into Nigeria from London, spending millions lobbying members of the US Congress, and freely using international financial networks to arm agitators on the ground. This must stop."
Full text emerges as Buhari answers questions from international media outfit on corruption, security, economy
FG moves to boost power supply, to invest $550 million in electricity
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu said the Nigerian government is making plans to boost electricity supply in Nigeria.
He said his government has earmarked about $550 million to boost power supply, saying that Nigeria is decentralising the national grid.
According to Buhari, his government is making plans to built mini-grids and allow state governments to generate their own electricity.
Why I cannot sack Emefiele, remove fuel subsidy, Buhari says
Recall that Legit.ng reported that President Muhahammdu Buhari has stated the reason the Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor, Godwin Emefiele is still in office despite what many said is a political stance of Emefiele, the rising inflation, tumbling naira and chocking cost of living.
In a interview, with Bloomberg, Buhari expressed deep confidence in the Emefiele-led Central Bank and the bank’s ability to handle Nigeria’s economic woes, stating why his government has not removed the fuel subsidy.
This is despite the report by the World Bank, stating that multiple exchange rates, trade restrictions and public deficit financing are factors that could damage Nigeria’s business environment.