• The address only succeeded in emboldening the agitation for self-determination – Akintoye
• Buhari missed the opportunity to ease the growing tension and turmoil – Okorie
• It is appalling that Buhari did not offer any concrete assurances on the overhaul of the economy and the end of terrorism -PDP
• Address missing policy statements to stop the free fall of Naira -CSJ
By his admission, “… the past 18 months have been some of the most difficult times in Nigeria’s history. Since the Civil War, I doubt that we have experienced a period of more intense challenge than what we have experienced during this period. “
But millions of people have concluded that rather than having this inspiring and uplifting effect on Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech on Independence Day in 2021 was not only bland, it also offered only ‘sweet self-assurance in a country that is on the brink of bad governance.
Indeed, at a time when the government led by Buhari was criticized for openly fraternizing and offering a presidential welcome to those accused of corruption, Nigerians expected him to bring them up to date. the administration’s anti-corruption crusade, or reassure them that the struggle to rid the country of the vestiges of corruption was still ongoing.
But he didn’t, creating a curious loophole in the 101-point speech.
ACCORDING to Yoruba group leader Ilana Omo Oodua (a group that advocated for the Republic of Oodua) Professor Banji Akintoye, Friday’s show further exposed President Buhari as the president of the North, and not that of the Nigeria, adding that the speech succeeded in emboldening his group to continue campaigning for self-determination for the Yoruba people.
“The show was utter nonsense as it revealed that Buhari is annoyed by a Sunday Igboho, who is engaged in legal unrest, which is now approved and confirmed by a competent court, the United Nations and the statements of the ‘African Union on Peoples and Human Rights, while he (Buhari) looked away from the murderous activities of the Fulani shepherds, terrorists and Miyyetii Allah in the South and in the Middle Belt, “he said. -he declares.
Akintoye, who said that contrary to Buhari’s claim that a sitting member of the National Assembly was funding separatist unrest, “the Yoruba people from village to village, and those in the diaspora were contributing their hard-earned resources to oil. and sustained the agitation.
“Our call to Buhari is to urgently appoint the invincible member of the National Assembly so that the Yoruba people can celebrate him because they support a noble fight. If there is indeed such a deputy in the National Assembly, who is unknown to us in Ilana Omo Oodua, we say very expressly that he is a hero who has chosen to stand alongside a legitimate agitation. , legal and constitutional. Therefore, Buhari is simply awe-inspiring.
“As Buhari appoints the unknown member of the National Assembly, our biggest call to him is to help Nigerians nominate those who fund the murderous Fulani shepherds and the Boko Haram terrorists who oppress, maim, kill and rape his people in the North, and the people of the South and the Middle Belt with impunity.
Insisting that the show symbolizes despair, Akintoye said, “The whole show symbolizes despair and chaos. It was a declaration of war against the peace-loving people of Yoruba Land. Our message to him is that we will not be intimidated. We will remain faithful and engaged in our struggle for an independent Yoruba nation. We will be fearless. No oppressor has ever triumphed over the people. In this struggle, we will continue to be legitimate and peaceful. This is Amandla Awethu, nothing should discourage us.
FOR the senior statesman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, Buhari missed a golden opportunity in his anniversary speech to ease growing tensions and unrest in the country by proposing political solutions to the leader’s imprisonment of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho.
Okorie, who said he was shocked by Buhari’s claim that the rise in food prices was caused by middlemen, pointed out that the activities of the herders, which continued to make farming difficult, were responsible for rising prices.
He argued that it was wrong to insist that food products like vegetables, yams, garri and onions, among others, were accumulated, pointing out that agricultural activities had declined in Benue and the Niger, which were mainly known for food production.
He urged the president to take decisive action against the shepherds who were creating challenges for agriculture and farmers across the country.
Okorie, who said it was absurd to continue to point fingers at Kanu and Igboho as the ones trying to sow disaffection in the country, stressed that people respond to them based on the mood of the nation, even if he has volunteered to be part of any dialogue that may be held by the federal government about them.
He said: “On the president’s position on Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho, my position is that dialogue is the answer. Going through the courts, following legal methods and a constitutional definition of offenses to resolve what is clearly a political issue will not resolve the issue. The Southeastern Caucus of the National Assembly has made itself available to engage the government in finding a solution to the political problem. I urge the government to take advantage of this offer.
I also offer myself for this commitment. I urge the adoption of the dialogue, and if we do not accept this approach, we may not be able to resolve this problem. Since this president has shown the ability to forgive by going through what he did with Fani Kayode (receiving him into the party), then there is no doubt that the president has the ability to forgive and be the father of all. I urge him to deploy this ability in the case of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho and a lot of attention will be reduced in this matter and he will be happy for it.
Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national vice president Chief Olabode George and Southwestern socio-political group Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum are united in their observations that the speech did not address critical issues of importance and those challenge the country.
The duo, who lamented the president’s failure to restructure and stem escalating insecurity, added that Buhari should have focused on issues that would ensure peace, trust and trust among the various ethnic groups by 2023, when his term would end.
George, who said President Buhari should have used the anniversary occasion to bring Nigerians of all ethnicities together, lamented that one of the issues fueling divisions in the country was the lack of memory among the younger generations on how Nigerians, regardless of their diversities, related harmoniously in the past.
The former Ondo State military administrator said: “The leadership cannot afford to use different norms and perceptions for Nigerians because of their origin or the religion they profess. Let them go back and read what led to the collapse of the First Republic… Now is the time to reflect. At that time next year, we would be talking about 2023. “
Yoruba Ronu Chairman Akin Malaolu said the group was reassured by this turn of events so truly “Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable, and its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all unite with a common goal of having peace and prosperity for our nation. We are happy that President Buhari can turn a new leaf if he truly wants his hold on government to make Nigerians smile. “
National Organizing Secretary of Afenifere, Abagun Kole Omololu, who described the speech as a familiar song from Mr. Buhari, whose blame game has not only started now, but an echo of his military foray into the country. governance, said the president would have done well for himself and for the country by appointing identified sponsors of separatist agitators, as well as middlemen who are critical to rising food prices.
He, however, rebuked the president for failing to end the serious attacks on farmers and the wanton destruction of farmland by cows led by vicious killer shepherds.
If the president names those he points the finger at accusing, “then he should just keep his peace and work to keep elusive promises rather than insulting the conscience of the nation with such lame excuses from a sluggish administration and insensitive”.
He urged Nigerians not to believe the Independence Day show, which he called “the president’s insincere diatribes.”
ALSO expressing reservations about the show, PDP National Advertising Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan said he was appalling that President Buhari had no concrete assurances on how to reorganize the economy and bring an end to the acts of terrorism in the country. Instead, the speech, as usual, lingered on empty claims that bear no relation to the real situation in the country.
For its part, the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) said President Buhari’s speech on Independence Day failed to address Nigeria’s economic challenges.
A statement from Eze Onyekpere, the centre’s senior director, said that on such occasions a leader offers a vision, which is a new way of doing things to achieve targeted results.
He said it was unfortunate that there had been no policy statements to stop the free fall of the naira, which has lost 13% of its value since July 28, 2021 after the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) has stopped selling foreign currency to Bureau de Change.
African Democratic Congress (ADC) President Ralph Nwosu called the show the worst in the country’s history.
He said it was shocking not to mention in the speech the killer shepherds, bandits and insurgents who were destroying farms and haunting farmers far from their farmlands, across the country.