#Nigeria:Take Away and Highlight From President Buhari’s Aljazeera Interview.
1. On why no convictions since his much vaunted fight on corruption, Buhari queried the motives of his critics, and why similar expectations were not made of previous administrations.
2. On the killing of peaceful IPOB protesters by Nigeria’s armed forces. First he refused to watch the video when offered. He then accused the movement of “interfering with movement of troops and the economy”, and declared the movement as “Joking with Nigeria’s security and Nigeria will not tolerate it”
3. On security votes, which had been source of corruption, which we had been told were scrapped. He defended the need for the security votes, and promised to punish anyone found misappropriating the funds
4. On why he should continue to fund his children in foreign schools while restricting foreign exchange for most families that have children in schools abroad, he acknowledges its “tough luck”.
Suddenly, poor Buhari is now among the privileged Nigerians that can afford to pay overseas school fees.
5. On presenting the “worst budget” ever, he blames it on sabotage by technocrats, and also denies knowledge of details of his budget when challenged on specifics, such as amount budgeted for books for the VP, and the Aso Rock Clinic. He accused the interviewer of assuming better knowledge of his budget.
6. On whether Nigeria will join the Saudi Arabia led Islamic Coalition Force Against Terrorism, he said YES, which is in contradiction to what we were previously told by his spokesman just last month.
7. When asked if this decision was insensitive to the desire of Christians that make up 50% of Nigeria’s population, he retorted that Christians complaining should “Go fight terrorism in Nigeria, or fight militants in the South”. Those complaining Christians he referred to as religious bigots.
8. On his promise to defeat Boko Haram, he was declared a “Failure”, to which he angrily declared “I haven’t failed, I haven’t failed, I haven’t failed…”. His rationale was that Boko Haram now only has capabilities to attack and kill only civilians, but not police posts and military institutions.