- President Buhari has accused the Nigerian elite class of conspiracy and hypocrisy
- He berated them for being silent during the 16-year misrule of PDP
- He commended Nigerians in diaspora for representing the country well
President Muhammadu Buhari has berated the Nigerian elite for their silence during the alleged misrule and indifferent demonstration of acute leadership failure during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s reign for 16 years between 1999 and 2015.
The Punch reports that the president raised eyebrow against what he described as general hypocrisy of Nigeria's elite class, adding that those who are fast to pick errors from his government were the mischievous set of people arm-folding themselves during the PDP's reign.
NAIJ.com gathers that the blatant expression of annoyance by the president, as made public by the special adviser on media and publicity to President Buhari, Femi Adesina, was registered at a meeting Buhari had with the Nigerian community in New York, United States on Thursday, September 27.
The president is currently out of the country for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting holding in New York.
President Buhari also reportedly said that he takes Nigerians serious because he always appreciates their commitment to his government.
He said: “They (Nigerian elite) didn’t say a word under the PTF (Petroleum Trust Fund, of which he was Chairman), we did roads from Lagos to Abuja, to Onitsha, to Port Harcourt.
“Since then, the roads were not done, between 1999 and 2015, yet the elite did not say a word.
“I was called Baba-go-slow. Those who were going fast, where did they get to?
“In 1983, military officers gathered and made me head of state. I packed the politicians into jail, told them they were guilty until they could prove their innocence. We seized what they had looted, but after I myself was put in detention, the politicians were given back what they had looted. How many elites complained about that?
“Three times I contested elections; three times I went to court after the elections were rigged against me. No justice, but I said ‘God dey.’
“It was mainly the ordinary people that stood by me. That is why I am always conscious of them. They are my constituency. Even pregnant women on the queue would fall into labour, go to have their babies, and still come back to vote for me. I will keep doing my best for the country.”
President Buhari, however, told his audience that if he won the presidential election in 2019, he would set the pace of governance with difference. In his words, “I will leave some difference in that office.”
He also gave a nod of kudos to the Nigerians in diaspora, adding that they are “are contributing to this great country (America)."
He advised them to contribute to the development of Nigeria through education.
He said: “If you want to help back home, invest in education in your constituencies. If you educate people, they won’t then accept nonsense from anybody.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, September 23, departed for New York to participate in the 73rd session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73) which officially opened September 18, 2018.
The theme for this year’s session is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”
Femi Adesina, in a statement on Saturday, September 22, said the high points of President Buhari’s participation would be his address on Tuesday, September 25, to the General Assembly on the opening day of the general debate.
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