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Record keeping: Buhari charges historians, intellectuals with the facts



Record keeping: Buhari charges historians, intellectuals with the facts

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari implored historians and intellectuals to be factual in keeping his administration’s records, especially in guiding the electorate to make the right leadership choices for the country.

Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman, said in a statement that Buhari gave the charge when he received governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday at his country house, Daura, in the state of Katsina.

He said the country’s future will be shaped by the diligence and honesty of those who document history and analyze situations, knowing the value of what has been achieved in the past and after.

Buhari said it would be unfortunate to mislead the electorate with lies and personal prejudice, reiterating the need to place the country’s broader interest beyond other colorations.

“For the time remaining and for those who have an additional mandate based on the provisions of the constitution, elections are important for parties.

“Intellectuals and historians should be fair to us so that those seeking leadership positions do not exploit the political ignorance or lack of knowledge of the people,” he said.

The president also instructed governors to remain committed to keeping their promises to the people.

“We did our best and thank God for what we were able to achieve with the available resources, otherwise we would have had problems,” he added.

The president said the security situation had improved from instability in the Northeast before 2015 and in the South-South where parts of the north were directly under the control of terrorists, while the south faced to serious challenges.

“The subsequent development in the Northwest is most amazing, where people who lived together, spoke the same language and shared a common faith began to kill each other and steal cows.

“I had to change the security chiefs and we had to focus on the fundamentals of security.

“If you look at the situation in terms of time and resources, you will find out what we have been able to achieve,” the president noted.

He said oil prices had fallen from over $ 100 to less than $ 38 under his administration, and production from 2.1 million barrels per day has fallen to around 500,000 barrels, but many have been achieved.

In his remarks, the Governor of Kebbi State and Chairman of the Forum of Progressive Governors, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, thanked the President for providing vision and strong leadership to the APC.

He noted that efforts to integrate agriculture as a pillar of the economy were bearing fruit.

“I drove from Kebbi State to Daura and I stopped to choose Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle and realized that during the eight hours spent here we didn’t have saw over 10 km of uncultivated land.

“It shows that efforts to improve safety are also paying off. Farmers take advantage and plant.

“In six weeks, Your Excellency, you have commissioned projects in Lagos, Kano, Katsina and Borno states, and have also launched some projects virtually.

“We appreciate the projects the federal government is carrying out in every state across the country and supporting governors, even those who are not so progressive,” he said.

Bagudu said three governors; Professor Ben Ayade from Cross River, David Umahi from Ebonyi and Bello Matawalle from Zamfara left their old parties to join the APC due to authorship, fairness and the president’s focus on development ascending.

“We are proud to have you as a leader. Your accomplishments and ideals are instilled in all of us, ” he noted.

Governors present at the meeting with the President also included Professor Ben Ayade from Cross River, David Umahi from Ebonyi, Bello Matawalle from Zamfara and Kayode Fayemi from Ekiti, who is chair of the Nigerian Governors Forum.

Others were Aminu Masari from Katsina State, Simon Lalong from Plateau and Abdullahi Ganduje from Kano State.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu from Lagos, Abubakar Bello from Niger, Adegboyega Oyetola from Osun and Abdullahi Sule from Nasarawa States were also part of the tribute to President Buhari’s country house. (NAA)

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