God sent Buhari to save Nigeria from collapse – Odigie-Oyegun
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said God sent President Muhammadu Buhari to save Nigeria from an imminent collapse.
Speaking in Sokoto State yesterday, when he declared open a three-day retreat organised by the Kano State chapter of the party for its officials and stakeholders on political party management, Odigie-Oyegun said Buhari’s emergence as president was a welcomed relief for the nation.
He said: “God sent at the most crucial time in Nigeria’s history to fix the country and lift it from the brink. The President inherited a comatose economy and he has been strenuously working to deliver on his campaign promises centred around the economy, security and fighting corruption.
“Insurgency has been tamed, while the issues of militancy and other related security challenges are being diligently attended to by our party and the President.”
Odigie-Oyegun also said the president was being frugal with every kobo that accrues to the nation, saying that, the economy would soon bounce back.
He further noted that no sane and patriotic Nigerian was pessimistic about the way Buhari was uniquely tackling corruption.
“Buhari is working tirelessly to make Nigeria a better place for all Nigerians,” he averred.
The APC national chairman further stressed the need for internal democracy, as well as ensuring the supremacy of the party.
In his remarks, Kano Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, said the retreat was organised for stocktaking on the achieve ments and problems confronting the party in the state, and to chart the way forward
He said despite insinuations in some quarters, APC in Kano is still united and indivisible. On his part, Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said gatherings like this would help keep the party on the right track.
Tambuwal said: “This is to ensure that government is properly adjusted in the interest of the common people.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Alhaji Kawu Sumaila, restated that the governors of the party were its due leaders in the states.
The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Alhassan Doguwa and a chieftain of the party in the state, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, commended the wisdom of organising the retreat.
The Zonal Vice Chairman of the party, North West, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, said the retreat was the first of its kind organised by any of the state chapters of the party.
In another development, the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abbah Kyari, has dismissed reports that he was suspended.
Kyari told State House journalists yesterday that he just resumed from his leave. He asked the journalists: “Are you going to tweet that I am back? Can’t I go on leave?”
Asked to comment on the reports of his purported suspension, he responded: “I don’t talk to the press. You know my job doesn’t allow me talking.”
Meanwhile, the 8 Task Force Division of Nigerian Army has yesterday appointed Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, as the new spokesman of Division in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
The Army Public Relations Headquarters, Kinnasara Cantonment Monguno, disclosed this yesterday in a statement issued by Col. Nwachukwu to journalists in Maiduguri.