Buhari: Niger Republic ‘ll defend me after hand over if…
Six days before the election, President Muhammadu Buhari stated that he has established personal cordial relationships with the neighbouring countries and emphasised that, should anyone attempt to interfere, his Niger Republic neighbours will defend him.
He noted that he will move to Daura, which is distant from Abuja and closer to the neighbouring Niger.
In Abuja, the President spoke at the official inauguration of the Nigeria Customs Service Corporate Headquarters.
According to him, he stated the following about his personal beliefs because he had only six days remaining.
“And I make every effort to be as far from Abuja as possible. I hailed from a region distant from Abuja.
“I stated that if anyone moves with force, I have good relationships with my neighbours. Niger people will defend me.”
According to him, if one does not gain the trust of his neighbour, he or his grandchild will encounter difficulty.
He recalled closing the border to prevent rice importation and receiving complaints from neighbouring nations with whom he should have maintained cordial relations.
Cameroon and Chad were the first countries he visited upon assuming office, he stated, in an effort to earn the goodwill of the Niger Republic.
Buhari remarked, “I believe I am attempting to make my point. In the future, Nigeria will value it because it created more jobs.
“People returned to agriculture. We possess the land, and they will produce our food. And for those who believe that our neighbours are losers, let’s continue to be with them.
“This is why, when I became President, my first visit was to Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, because if you don’t have the confidence of your neighbour, you’re in trouble for both personal and national reasons.”
If you are not in trouble, then your children and grandchildren are.
Therefore, it is a great thing that I established relationships with my neighbours.
He explained why he appointed Col. Hmeed Ali (Retired) as the Comptroller General of Customs, emphasising that he has the energy and ability to supervise the over 1,600 km of Nigerian land from Benin to Lake Chad.