Reactions to Buhari’s statement that the Niger Republic will defend him if anyone in Nigeria moves against him

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, who has only but six days to vacate the office at the expiration of his second term tenure on May 29, has said that he would relocate to the Niger Republic after he leaves office if anyone in Nigeria moves against him, adding that the citizens of that country would defend him against such move, Sahara Reporters reports. Continue Reading>>>>

He said this during the inauguration of the N19.6 billion Nigeria Customs Service Corporate headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday.

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“I try to plan to be as far away from Abuja as possible. I came from an area which is far away from Abuja.”

Even though he said he would prefer to live in his hometown of Daura in Katsina State, he left his options open with this caveat: “If anybody with force moves, I have a good relationship with my neighbours. Niger people will defend me.”

He further disclosed that he had secured the confidence of Nigeria’s neighbours in Niger, Chad, and Cameroon for national and personal reasons, saying:

“That is why when I became the Head of State that is President, my first visit was to Niger, Chad, and Cameroon because based on neighbourhood on personal and national reasons if you don’t secure the confidence of your neighbour, you are in trouble.”

The President’s remarks left many Nigerians, who reacted to the news story posted by Sahara Reporters via its Twitter handle, in shock as they wondered why he would say such things publicly. Some were so shocked that they asked if indeed the President said those things.

Many others said the President’s remarks explain why he showed an unusual interest in the Niger Republic to the point of investing huge amounts of Nigeria’s funds in road, railway, and refinery construction. Some called the President’s allegiance to question.

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