I will not allow Nigeria to breakup- PMB
President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed serial calls for restructuring as the impetus for highly irresponsible calls for the nation’s breakup.
The president who made the assertion during his independence day broadcast however vowed never to allow the country divide under him.
President Buhari made his position known in a national speech to mark the nation’s 57th independence anniversary on Sunday.
The President said under his watch, Nigeria had witnessed what he called political freedom that saw opposition parties winning elections at the state and National Assembly levels.
He said the growing political development, like all freedoms, was open to abuse, hence the recent development.
He noted that those agitating for a repeat of the nation’s civil war that claimed two million lives were not born by 1967 and had no idea of the consequences of the conflict.
He reiterated his position that any desired constitutional change should take place in a rational manner only at the national and state Houses of Assembly.
The President said, Nigeria has recorded appreciable gains in political freedom in the last two years where a political party at the centre lost governorship elections, National Assembly seats and even state assemblies to opposition parties .
He lamented separetists tendenciesin the country but promised to sustain peace in the niger delta region.
The President highlighted some of the achievements of his administration in the last two years in the areas of security, economy, and the fight against corruption, saying as the nation entered the second half of his four-year term of office, he intended to accelerate progress and intensify his resolve to fix the country’s challenges and problems.
He said the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers Programme, launched in November 2015, has been an outstanding success with N43.92bn released through the CBN and 13 participating institutions.
He said in the light of that, 200,000 smallholder farmers from 29 states of the federation were benefitting; with 233,000 hectares of farmland being used to cultivate eight commodities, of rice, wheat, maize, cotton, soya bean, poultry, cassava, groundnuts and fish farming.
He however commended efforts of governors of Kebbi, Lagos, Ebonyi and Jigawa states for their support to the rice and fertiliser revolutions as well as the governors of Ondo, Edo, Delta, Imo, Cross River, Benue, Ogun, Kaduna and Plateau states for their support of the Presidential initiative for palm oil, rubber, cashew, cassava, potatoes and others crops.
The president also revealed the government supported states in the form of State Excess Crude Account loans, Budget Support Facility, and Stabilisation Fund Release to the state and local government to the tune of N1.642tn.
The President added that government’s current N500bn Special Intervention Programme was targeting groups through the Home-grown School Feeding Programme; N-Power job creation to provide loans to small-scale traders and artisans; Conditional Cash Transfer; Family Homes Fund and Social Housing Scheme.
The reaffirmed his administration’s determination to eradicate corruption from the nation saying government had empowered teams of prosecutors, assembled detailed databases, and accelerated the recovery of stolen funds to fortify the fight against corruption.