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Full Text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s August 21, 2017 Speech

by on August 21, 2017
 
My dear citizens,
I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.
2.     In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.
 3.     In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.
4.     Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.
5.     Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.
  6.    I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
  7.     This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
8.     The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.
9.     The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.
10.   Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.
11.     Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.
 12.     Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against;
·       elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets
·       kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,
·       in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.
13.   Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of;
·       economic security,
·       political evolution and integration
·       as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.
14.     I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.
15.    Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.

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  • Yusuf Torhile Ortserga
    August 21, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Comment… My dear president, i thank God for granting you good health, i am consoled by your live broadcast to our great nation this morning, Mr president, you spoke as a democratic president with military strength, Sir, your military might is what nigerians need most now, thank you and God Bless Nigeria. Yusuf Torhile Ortserga.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Comment…Gd morning Mr president. Good to have u back. Fortunately or unfortunately u are de president of Nigeria at a time like this, when agitations are nearing climax.. How u handle matters will determine whether Nigeria survives or not. Talking tough is not the only solution to the rot that the ruling elite have plunged the country into over the year. The wise thing to do now is to invite sincere elders and youths from all corners of the country nd find out the best way forward. Trying to keep Nigeria one by sheer force will not work this time. The crop of people we have in our national assemblies are not genuinely representing the Masses.. Failure to do the needful would see Nigeria torn to shreds.. It has happened in other countries before. Be wise.Be sincere. Be urgent. Time is running out. The masses are suffocating under bad governance. The country can implode nd explode anytime… I have said my own. Welcome back sir….

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  • KingDavid
    August 21, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Mr president sir, u re welcome back but are u ensuring nigerians dat u will not go back again?, secondly

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  • AMUMEN
    August 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Comment…thank u mr okoro.bt mr prsdo did not telll 9ja d state of his health o…

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  • Gbenga
    August 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Fellow Nigerians it is with great pleasure I commend every concerned citizen for the state of affairs of this country.if we go back to history the great nations went through series of conflicts that threatened their coexistence but today the story is different.the solution to our problems is not regional separation but simply how we can correct the rot and anomalies in governance because these are the reasons that lead to call for separation.if these factors are not tackled we are likely to repeat history again after separation.

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  • Aminu Yusha'u
    August 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Comment…Wellcome to nigerai mr presdent may allah recoberry you good heath

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  • Abubakar
    August 21, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I am directly speaking from Mr Okoro’s words of intelectual advice. Mr Okoro have said it all. May Allah keep you strong and ready Mr president

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  • Innocent
    August 21, 2017 at 10:32 am

    We really want to deal decisively with agitators, the issue here with me is, what really is the root chase of all this agitation? Is somebody really trampling on another’s right? Why do people in Nigeria see their differences very easy? Why is northern nigeria see southern as a threat and vice versa,
    Why is the only solution available repression, might as if some are bound never to talk. Why must the cry of the people be crushed, if a child is crying and the persist, good father no matter how irrelevant the the reason may be should call the child to reasoning. Mr President you are welcome but not to shed blood. Remember your word is a weapon in the hand of the security agent, they will always follow the tune of your word not minding your intention.
    I pray God almighty to give you the wisdom to handle Nigeria challenges at this time. I believe strongly that God brought at this time to do something. Allow Him to use you. Again you are welcomed mr president remain healthy in Jesus name.

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  • mr obateru
    August 21, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Thanks Mr President for having you back home to Nigeria aso rock from London aso rock.
    1. Hope you will not be operating from your room and be telling us that our President can operate from anywhere
    2. Hope you are fully recovered from the unknown sickness and nothing like going back after some days
    3. Is it true that you were forced to come back home because of people that protested in front of London home #resumeorresign#
    4. How will you view it if you are ordinary citizen like us and our President travel to London and parked the presidential jet in London with daily charges of #4000×105(four thousand pounds a day)
    5. who is naija President,,, Mr buhari or cabals

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  • Udo-ekpo
    August 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Sir u are wellcome back home. Sir i said that ‘keeping Nigeria one’ is your topic, good,

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Comment…welcome Mr President sir I Thank God your back to saddle with a whole lot of work waiting for attention though all your party promises have not been achieved. Actually Nigerians are losing their jobs, asuu strike, kidnapping, Fulani helmsman, Boko Haram, under standerd schools, hospitals dilapidated roads, high cost of living goods and services. threat to life in Nigeria security lapses is very common ie insecurity epileptic power supply in fact a whole lot to do sir, and very urgent Pls get down to work no story. may God give you grace wisdom and understanding sir your warmly welcome.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 11:10 am

    You’re welcome Mr President. We all wish you good health. However, am not in agreement with all you said in your broadcast. I thought you’re very fast in taking some hasty decisions. In the first instance, I am not very sure unless proven wrong that the national assembly has sat and received letter of you’re return and assumption of duty as president. Secondly, your meeting with Ojukwu if ever it took place happened secretly between you and him and am not sure there was a written agreement between both and also didn’t know why such was not released while he was alive. No judge can can take evidence of one person alone to take judgment. I do not also believe that Ojukwu accepted that his people will continue to be slave in Nigeria for peace to reign. The Ibos for instance is one of the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria and should not be treated as nothing. It was a grave mistake to keep them away from security appointments. I also think that people who feels marginalized has right to air their view and should not be seen as terrorists and irresponsible. We as a nation should be wise in treating all as equal stakeholders in the Nigerian project. Leadership is the bane of Nigeria. When two people are having disagreement, they negotiate to bring back peace and so the use of non negotiability of the unity of the nation should be taught out carefully not by compulsion. Anything by compulsion will still relapse again if not treated well. I think our leaders should carry the citizens along in this democratic dispensation. Citizens right should be respected at all times. The grievances of the Ibos should be listened to and not be waved away as nothing.

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  • Oyonla
    August 21, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Hello Mr president,
    It is only a fool that will take u seriously bcos everything u have ever said was a lie. Your govt is a farce. Any attempt to fight against current agitations will be resisted to the utmost. Nigeria is a failed state. It will continue to disintegrate until there will be no option left than to split the country. For your information it will be in ur reign.

    Welcome Mr president.

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  • skyford22
    August 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Welcome mr president,we thank God for your successful health treatments and safe journey home.

    Please ensure to restructure our system of governance,those that voted you in power expect a change from the federal to state controlled units.
    you did not make mention of restructuring as expected or atleast to inform us of the disadvantages of restructuring our government if u think is not needed.

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  • R bashir knc
    August 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    @oyonla, by the grace of God mr president, will complete his tenure and leave the country intact without any split.

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  • Adebisi Wasiu A
    August 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    U are welcome mr president. More power to ur elbow.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    You are welcome back home Mr president but any attempt to fight d agitators wit Nigerian forces will Breakup Nigeria.
    I thought u will speak more on ways u will apply to facilitate restructuring d Nigerians are yarning for and at same time as d number 1 public servant in d country u suppose to knw ur health status bcos u are answerable to we Nigerians dat voted u into power.
    Mr president any effort to use ur security forces on d current agitation on d southern Nigeria will be resisted unless u want head Nigeria toward doom.
    No restructuring no Nigeria Mr president, Take note.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    You are welcome back home Mr president but any attempt to fight d agitators wit Nigerian forces will Breakup Nigeria.
    I thought u will speak more on ways u will apply to facilitate restructuring d Nigerians are yarning for and at same time as d number 1 public servant in d country u suppose to knw ur health status bcos u are answerable to we Nigerians dat voted u into power.
    Mr president any effort to use ur security forces on d current agitation on d southern Nigeria will be resisted unless u want head Nigeria toward doom.
    No restructuring no Nigeria Mr president, Take note. Once again u are welcome back

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  • Nedu
    August 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Welcome Mr. President, May the Almighty God give you knowledge and wisdom to manage the affairs of this great nation at this trying time. You are Welcome His Excellency

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  • Surajo Abdulhamid
    August 21, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    My Dear President, you are welcome back home. Our common and collective enemies are disappointed to see you alive today. The Masses are still very confident that you will address most of the national problems like: 1. Insecurity
    2. Corruption
    3. Hunger and high cost living
    4. Youth Employment and entrepreneurship Support.
    5. Dilapidated Govt schools and Hospitals.
    Consequently Sir, please begin to remove those National Saboteurs from their appointments especially from the Judiciary and others so that the fight against
    Corruption, Insurgency and National Sabotage will be successful.
    Finally, as God has answered our prayers, we want to see Baba charged with a no nonsense attitude on any appointed public officials found sabotaging the Government. May God bless our Country with God fearing leaders. May you live long my President!

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  • mr felix
    August 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Comment…as you wish Mr oyonla…so shall it be with your family and not God fearing nigerians.why pray evil when you can pray good onyola! Are your likes so desperately wicked to tink good? when you pray to God what do you tell Him.
    ..

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  • david oloyede
    August 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    One expect the much awaited speech of Mr. President to assuage the already fray nerves and bring sanity to the polity. but the speech in my considered opinion is very dry and fall short of expectation. Perhaps, the writers of Mr. President’s speech failed to understand the magnitude of problems created by his failing health. Nigerians are tired of the sing song clause “our unity is not negotiable”. His reference to a meeting he had with the Late Ojukwu on Nigeria as nation is very inconsequential to the many problems confronting the nation at this time. No mention was made about the ugly events that ignite the call for devolution of powers and restructuring of the nation. All we want is good governance. No amount of threat or repression could stop the current agitation for better deal in our democratic voyage. The time for the present government to the needful is now.

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  • Charles
    August 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    ..PMB u are welcome. To me, U are in a haste to make some decisions that are strategic. using force or threat to unity Nigerians can never work. I want to let u knw that our coexistence is negotiable.

    Your government should clarify to us Y hate speech should be treated as terrorism because ur government won election through it. They records are there. Nigerians are calling for resignation because U & Lia Mohammad did same to Late Yaradua.. U told Jonathan that u make his government ungovernable & that any attack on BH is an attack on the North. So if there z any body to arrested is U & the Ur APC members.

    Still want to call ur attention to the new rules issued by Nigeria broadcast Commission of charging any media house #500000 for airing any program which has hate speech. they limited the numbers of callers per program to 5 persons & insist that they must screen the callers message b4 airing their views. Also, the media houses are to cater for the cost of any call in any program they wants peoples view. My question Mr President, are you running a Democratic or a military government? Meaning that the citizens can no longer air their views towards your government?

    I challenge the judiciary to sue FG to court because this government is ruling us with intimidate, threat & force so therefore, we will opposed such move which is against rights of the citizens.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    All we are saying is that Nigeria is greater and bigger than Pmb and the apc both the pdp too.
    So they should all give us a clean space to run nigeria the right way.
    Pmb and his apc group had failed nigeria like the pdp did for 16 years so they should all get out of politics and give us the chance to win back nigeria back on track.
    Pmb should resign and go to his villa to rest, this job of president is too hard for his age and health.
    I know everyone will be old, in fact it’s a great thing to be old hut for now Pmb is too old to lead nigeria so his administration is a total waste of time in the recovery of Nigeria’s fallen economy.
    We want a new party and new young men to come out and lead this nation.
    Pmb has no magic touch that can reform Nigeria in the next one year six months to this 2019 presidential election.
    So on this note my advice is that he shouldn’t make the mistake of seeking for another term in office. He should just pretend to wear the shoes of nelson Mandela and keep a clean record for life.
    Moreover what’s in the presidency of Nigeria that he has to die on the matter.
    He worked and worked for 16 years to become president and make Nigerian made it happen for him and the only thing we got was starvation and more bombings from boko haram plus the fulani men killing all over the nation.
    Places Pmb go and rest. I pray that God gives you a great health to live beyond this 2017 through to 2019 and anoint a great mind to continue from where you will stop in one year six months time.
    Go and rest and let Nigerians enjoy a greater life as citizens, please you have done your part of a good citizen.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Comment…Only a fool would look at Nigeria now nd say all is well. our foundation was nd is still faulty. no structure can stand on a faulty foundation nd remain stable for long. whether we like it or not Nigeria is bound to fail. events dat will trigger its collapse have gathered critical mass nd is at its tipping point. I sincerely think dat our leaders are playing the ostrich. we can’t wish de impending doom away, but we can minimize its fallout…by taking de bold step to call everyone to de round table. our leaders need realize dat people have been pushed to de wall by their leaders nd now being pressed to de point of suffocation. a country with massive oil nd mineral wealth should not have massi ve majority of its people languishing in poverty nd deprivation. no electricity; no water; no security for citizens.. robbers nd ritualists on de loose everywhere.. is it the state of our roads nd other infrastructure. our educational system is in a big mess. cultism have taken over dat side. anyone who want this system to keep running as it is must have his/her head examined. Mr President must face de reality nd stop threatening all of us.. we ain’t scared anymore..

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  • Suanu
    August 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Welcome mr presdent,nigeria problm is politics,dt bread bad governance,narional assembly n gov,n so all ,wo do nt spread d wealth of dis nation to d grass root

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  • Justice
    August 21, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Comment….. Are WE even really sure that HE came back to stay?. let still watch and see this time.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Mr. president welcome back even though it was out of compulsion sir. Pls, Mr. buhari. you should inform that Nigerian can be afraid of any threat from you. you ought to lead but not rule. Nigeria isn’t for one person but for everybody….and this democratic era not military and by force era. you and your apc cacaus has failed us woeful.

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  • Justice
    August 21, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Comment… dear Mr. President, if you are really serious and truthful of your speech of turning NIGERIA our most dear country to good, then start by doing something to your MANIPULATORS, i know you do understand. I MEAN YOUR BROTHERS, “THE EVIL AND ungodly CABALS”.
    Lastly before i forget, YOU ARE VERY WELCOME SIR.

    Thanks.

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  • eze
    August 21, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Comment…buhari your a joker ojukwu never hold a meeting with you, Igbo’s worst enemy, you are welcome we Biafra’s are waiting for you and you’re zoo military our own great Biafra military is ready too if we loss the first war we will surely win the second war by the special grace of Almighty God in Jesus Mighty name Amen

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  • Bishop Ferdinand
    August 21, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Our help always comes from the Lord

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  • Ade
    August 22, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Eze do you know the meaning of war???

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  • Prince
    August 22, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Welcome back Mr President, Thank God for keeping you healthier, Pls Sir. Are you saying all this to please your people that are trying to cover up on the Igbo quit notice they Voiced out & realized their mistakes & looking to whom to blame by demanding for the Ipob leader’s arrest, It’s like telling you to make more mistake, instead of planning on how to change things in a better way, you’re still reason like your people by telling us what Soldiers will tackle agitators that are trying & reminding to you the best thing to which you’re denying but it’s the only way also the solution to Nigerian current problem. You mean that you’re wiser than every body in Nigeria because you’re now in power, the more you’re telling liar about ojukwu agreeing with you 2003, the more the world are realizing that you’re a liar, I did not expect such harsh word from you this time that young one’s woken up, if restructuring is none negociatable by you & your admistration to those that vote you in while it’s the solution to the problem, bear with me the younger ones, angry youths, the agitators, students protests, angry fraustrated graduates, religious protests, ethnic protest by their youths & others must force you either out or to negotiate it.

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  • lucky
    August 22, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Comment… They no the right thing to do they just dont want to. Go to other country and here all kind of name they call us. 4 this country 2 be good it have to start 4rm me and u first

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  • AMID
    August 22, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    it is only God dat will direct dis country to d right part, we have be cheated alot by differnd pple who call dem self politicial, l believe dat it is not a crime for us to vote dem in.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Iam very glad for coming of our father an leader of nigerian, with God things are possible i salute you sir, our hope is your word an hearthy…

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