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Buhari, Osinbajo will do their best for Nigeria, says Blair


Former United Kingdom Prime Minister, Tony Blair (left); President-elect, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, during Blair’s visit to Buhari at Defence House, Abuja…yesterday.

Former United Kingdom Prime Minister, Tony Blair (left); President-elect, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, during Blair’s visit to Buhari at Defence House, Abuja…yesterday.

I’ll not interfere in selection of NASS leaders, says President-elect 

FORMER British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair has expressed optimism that the President-elect, Major-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would live up to the expectations of Nigerians.

Also, the President-elect, yesterday said he would not interfere in the selection of principal officers of the National Assembly. In a statement by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari described as false, insinuations in the media that he was in support of particular persons to emerge as principal officers of the National Assembly.

Speaking with reporters after a closed door meeting with Buhari at the Defence House, Abuja, Blair said the peaceful and transparent manner the just concluded elections were held has projected Nigeria in positive light in the comity of nations of the world.

He expressed the willingness of Britain to support the Buhari- led administration which would be inaugurated on May 29 this year. According to him: “In the last few weeks, Nigeria has earned respect throughout the whole world. There is enormous support for Nigeria now in the international community.

The support takes into consideration the challenges that lie ahead and there is great confidence in the country. “This is an election in which the country showed the majority of democracies the spirit and character of its people and the President-elect and Vice President-elect. It is a leadership that I know is determined to do its best for the country. Obviously, the future and destiny of Nigeria lies in the hands of its people.

“I just want to say to the President-elect that there is tremendous support for him and the country at this moment and all of us, in whatever way we can stand ready to support him and help him. It is a moment of great challenges which bother on the life of the people as well as their security and so on.

“If the same spirit and character that defined the election can be taken through these coming years to address the challenges, I think we can all have great confidence in the times ahead.

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to see you again here in Nigeria and wish you and your team the best in the times head.”

Buhari said the import of his parley with Blair centred on the need to adhere to the rule of law, noting: “We had a meeting and discussed how Britain and the United States were helping us in making sure that we conducted ourselves according to our constitution.

‘‘The fact that it has been so successful is a major relief for us and to all people of conscience throughout the world. I thank the former British Prime Minister for his concern for Nigeria and Nigerians, in what he is prepared to do by continuing to help us as a country and as a people.”

The President-elect, who was said to have been under pressure by well placed leaders of the party to support their nominees for key principal positions in the National Assembly, maintained that he does not belong to any of the camps pushing for the emergence of their respective candidates.

The President-elect stated that he is willing to work with any person chosen to head the legislative arm irrespective of what part of the country he or she originates from.   “I am prepared to work with any leader that the House or Senate selects. It doesn’t matter who the person is or where he or she is from, Buhari said.”

He added that these insinuations were probably born out of people’s expectations based on the way things had happened in the past, but reminded Nigerians that change had truly come.

“There is due process for the selection of leaders of the National Assembly,” Buhari said, “and I will not interfere with that process.”   “Nigeria has indeed entered a new dispensation,” he said. “My administration does not intend to repeat the same mistakes made by previous governments.

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    Those who want to run away from Nigeria because of the sins, stealing of money amongst other crimes, they have committed against Nigeria and Nigerians had better do so very quickly.

    • BBJ

      Some home rejected foreign leaders and representatives mainly from western countries always rush to any newly elected African leaders, dancing and praising them. However, when they disagree on principles they begin to campaign for their down fall, using sanctions. When will African leaders realise this, work for their citizens and be better praised at home for their achievements than being called stupid abroad before the end of their terms..

  • Arogbo

    General Buhari is for real.The man is genuine

  • Dean C. Wilson

    President Buhari is the real deal, and I believe God has sent him to the Nigerian people to take back to what always belonged to the Nigerian people and not just the top 3%, Been there in Abuja, seen the old, but prefer the new Administration of President Buhari..My best wishes to all my Nigerian Brothers and Sisters……….. God Bless Always, Brother Dean C. Wilson, Texas/USA

    • QuantizedDude00

      Buhari is not an will never be any real deal. Why do you people promote what you cannot practice? Imagine Clinton coming back to be POTUS even though he was far better than this Buhari. I am no fan of GEJ (he seems to be one of the most corrupt president ever). We know it is all good radiance, sooner or later the many who are clamoring around this evil selection will know its worst that others.

      • Don Harris

        Cynic and die-hard apologist!Even your idol(GEJ)knows this man is God-sent.In the reception organised for him in his home state,he was quoted to have said Buhari’s statement that “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody” was reassuring and shows he is likely to be an outstanding leader.

        • QuantizedDude00

          I am not GEJ fan at all. I mean does it mean Nigerians cannot find a man who had never ever been in power to ensure our continued progress? Why keep turning to these old clique? GEJ was a very very incompetent and deserve his credit for giving it a go, but doesn’t make me his fan though. Hopefully your Buhari will deliver the changes he promised. Did you see me mention that ‘I am no fan of GEJ (he seems to be one of the most corrupt president ever).’?