In video: Buhari's Lagos meeting with volunteers, what he said

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President Muhammadu Buhari (middle) Senator Olorunimbe Mamora (right) during the APC presidential screening in Abuja

Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari today released the videos from his meeting with passionate volunteers in Lagos this week. The meeting held on Tuesday, 23 December.

He spoke with clarity and wit about issues ranking from the economy and stablilising the naira, to politics of issues, to his stewardship at the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF). He also repeated his call for
peaceful elections and for citizens to protect their votes.

Of particular interest however are his statements on misplaced priorities in government spending and his government’s success in fighting domestic terrorism, a very important point in history to remember as Nigeria battles Boko Haram.

As reported by a blogger, Joachim MacEbong, who was at the event:

One part of Buhari’s time in the military that has to be spoken about a lot more, is his decisiveness in dealing with enemies of the Nigerian state. He recounted an episode when Chadian troops killed Nigerian soldiers, during the regime of Hissene Habré. This was the despite the fact that Nigeria was giving petroleum products to Chad.

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“Unfortunately for him, [Habré] those soldiers were under me”, Buhari said, to laughter from the audience. It was one example of his dry humour that would come to the surface a few more times.

As for Maitatsine, he describes a problem that kept recurring after the leader of the group was first exiled by the Emir of Kano, then returned and was killed by the police.

“I flew into Adamawa as head of state, and that was the last you heard of Maitatsine,” he said.

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