Nigerian who has another country to relocate to
are free to do so.
On his part, he said he would stay back to solve
the nation’s position.
According to a statement by his Senior Special
Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the
President spoke while addressing Niger Delta
stakeholders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“We are determined to make life comfortable and
affordable to all Nigerians. If anybody has a
country to go to, let him go, we will stay here and
salvage our country,” Shehu quoted the President
Buhari was said to have told the leaders of the
Niger Delta that they had more to do than anyone
else to bring peace to the region, given the
influence they have on militant groups.
He expressed the determination of his
administration to stay focused on its key campaign
promises of securing the country, fighting
corruption and creating jobs through the
improvement of the economy.
He said peace, security, investment and prosperity
are linked together, adding that “if we give peace a
chance, investors will come here to invest. Nobody
will invest in an insecure environment.”
Buhari said the problems his administration found
on the ground were many, as illustrated in collapse
of oil prices, inability of 27 of the 36 states to pay
salaries, absence of savings to fall back on and
having to deal with an elite who didn’t seem to
All these, he said, made his government to
conclude that, “life as usual is no longer
In welcoming the 16-point request presented for
negotiation by the Niger Delta leaders, Buhari said
he was still expecting reports from officials he had
instructed to review the implementation of the
Amnesty programme to determine where
government fell short so that amends can be
The President said the service chiefs were putting
together their own assessment of the militancy
situation, saying “when I have these reports,
including this one (just presented), we will revisit
the situation (in the region) to ensure that we
succeed this time.”
The President who delivered his report card on the
war against corruption and the efforts to secure
the country repeated his call to the Niger Delta
leaders to join the administration in bringing peace
to the troubled region.