BMO To South Africa: Let Our People Go…Praises Air Peace Boss For Being A Good Corporate Citizen

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has urged the government of South Africa not to further traumatise  Nigerians wishing to leave South Africa with unnecessary immigration formalities or other bureaucratic bottlenecks.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO commended the management of AirPeace Airline for their patriotism and selflessness by airlifting Nigerian victims of Xenophobia back to Nigeria, free of charge and at no cost to the Federal Government.
“We note that AirPeace has shown an example of how corporate bodies and citizens should respond whenever the need arises. The airline has proven to be a worthy and patriotic corporate organisation and we urge others to emulate it.
“We also applaud the show of patriotism by the evacuees who emotionally sang the Nigerian national anthem at the departure lounge in South Africa, and inside the aircraft, on their way back to their fatherland. This encomium is in appreciation of the efforts the Federal Government invested to address the latest xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
“From their emotional reactions, it is obvious that contrary to the opinion in some quarters, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was not only concerned about the plight of the victims, but that it made deliberate and proactive moves to guarantee their safety and well-being.
“We are delighted that the returnees appreciated the President for his citizen-focussed foreign policy which made it possible for the timely evacuation of our citizens from the dangers they faced in the unfortunate xenophobic attacks”.
The group, however, berated the South African authorities for frustrating the smooth return of Nigerians who had indicated their wish to return home. “We consider this an enemy action unbecoming of a country like South Africa which had benefitted greatly from the large-heartedness of Nigeria during the apartheid era.
“We celebrate, also, the decision of the Federal Government to swiftly and comprehensively reintegrate the returnees in the country by providing them with Bank of Industry loans to enable them to start businesses.
“This is aside from other incentives like free GSM telephone and telephone lines, N40, 000 worth of airtime and 9GB of data valid for two months.  These positive measures are unprecedented in the history of Nigeria’s foreign policy as the President ensured that Nigerians in South Africa were not abandoned in their time of need”, the group  added

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Attempts To Discredit Presidential Tribunal Outcome Will Fail – BMO

All attempts by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents to discredit the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) will fail,  just like the petition challenging the outcome of the 2019 Presidential election.

According to the Buhari Media  Organisation (BMO), the PEPT was quite clear on the qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest for the position, as well as the outcome of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that PDP should go ahead with its plan to proceed to the Supreme Court, rather than continue to encourage its minions to cast aspersions on the Tribunal.

 “As expected, PDP has opted to reject the verdict of the five-member panel, but what is baffling is the manner the party is seeking to discredit it by describing it as a ‘barefaced subversion of justice.’

“Even after the painstaking manner that the Tribunal showed that the President was eminently qualified for the job, this party is still claiming that he was not qualified to contest the 2019 election.

“If PDP leaders are still holding on to the jaded claim that Buhari does not have the requisite qualifications, then they were either not paying attention to the points raised by Justice Mohammed Garba who read the lead judgement, or they are just out to continue to malign members of the panel.

“Because the courtroom was thrown open to the media, many Nigerians across the country had the rare privilege of hearing how the verdict was rendered in an unambiguous way, but as usual, opposition elements are twisting it to suit their fancy.

“Or how else would a reasonable party deliberately misquote the Tribunal as saying that ‘one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate’, when indeed it held that the fact that President Buhari did not attach his certificate to the form CF001 and the affidavit he submitted to INEC,  did not imply that he did not possess the documents as claimed by the petitioners.

“Everyone who listened to the judgement, probably aside from the PDP, must have heard how the presiding judge then explained that ‘there is evidence before the court that the 2nd respondent (Buhari) went for military training after his secondary school education’.

“The judge also added that ‘the 2nd respondent has more than secondary school certificate having attended further courses while in the Army before concluding that President Buhari was not only qualified but also eminently qualified,” the group said.

BMO also had strong words for PDP elements pushing online memes and jokes about affidavits on the basis of what they claimed the panel said.

“There was nowhere in the judgement that the panel said a person seeking elective positions does not need to tender educational certificates.

“What is clear from the verdict rendered by Justice Garba is that although there is no constitutional requirement for candidates to attach certificates to INEC form, they still have to swear to an affidavit detailing personal information, including academic qualifications and professional attainment.

“We wonder how people who claim to be defenders of the justice system would be making a mockery of an aspect of the system by encouraging others to swear a false affidavit of their qualification.

“For the avoidance of doubt, President Buhari did not only complete his secondary education before joining the Nigerian Army, but his overall educational background is also on a far higher level than that of PDP’s former Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

“It is baffling that people questioning the President’s credentials are backing an individual whose Secondary School Certificate was too poor to earn him a place in a Police College, while the man they love to hate not only entered the Army but also underwent officer cadet training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England after completing preliminary training at the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC).

“We also know that President Buhari was also at the Defence Service Staff College Wellington, India between 1973 and 1974 as well as US Army War College, Carlisle in 1980.

“It is no longer news that President Buhari eventually had a distinguished army career that saw him attaining the rank of Major General and later Nigeria’s military Head of State”.

The group then urged the PDP and its leaders to consider apologising to all Nigerians for wasting everyone’s time with their frivolous petition

 “This is the best path of honour,  even if the party itself cannot take a cue from one of its key leaders Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state who was quick to break ranks and congratulate the President.

“But instead, they have chosen to subject the country to more insults with their poorly framed reaction to a judgement that some of Nigeria’s best lawyers have hailed.

 “And just like the Information Minister Lai Mohammed has said, ’PDP and its candidate should be thanking their stars that they are not being prosecuted for coming to court with fraudulently-obtained evidence’ which the tribunal easily dismissed,” it added. 

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Buhari’s Victory: We Expected No Less, Says BMO

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commended members of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) for not being deterred by threats and intimidation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents to taint its sense of justice.

This,  the group said, is proof that the Justices are men of honour that cannot be intimidated by social media bullies bent on arm-twisting them to ignore the evidence tabled before the tribunal.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that it was expecting nothing less than the outright dismissal of the petition like the panel members did.

“It was glaring to everyone, aside from PDP elements, that the petition challenging the overwhelming electoral victory of President Muhammadu Buhari was not only frivolous, but also useless as Festus Keyamo famously said soon after the case was filed.

“However, the Tribunal has now further shown how ridiculous the electoral challenge was and made it clear that the President was duly qualified to contest in the February 23, 2019 election in the first place, on the basis of educational qualification and professional attainment.

“To quote the panel directly, it said President Buhari ‘is not only qualified but also eminently qualified’ to stand for election. This is a direct message to naysayers.

“And to make matters worse for the petitioners, the Tribunal questioned the sense in querying the President’s assertion that his certificates were with the Army even when the Army authorities alluded to it when the matter was brought up in 2015., and even went further to quote the President’s grades in the subjects he sat for.

“It is also worthy of note that the Justices were emphatic in brushing aside claims by the petitioners that results were transmitted through electronic means to a server at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

The group then urged opposition elements who claimed to be awaiting the Tribunal verdict before recognising the President to keep their promise.

“We know that a few people, including the elder statesman Pa Ayo Adebanjo, factional leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere, had insisted that they would not recognise President Buhari until they know the outcome of the Tribunal.

“And now that the five-member panel has affirmed that the President was duly elected, we expect that a gentleman like Pa Adebanjo will toe the path of honour.

“We acknowledge that it is within the right of the opposition to go to the Supreme Court but we hope that the former Vice President would see the handwriting on the wall and accept that he lost the election fair and square.”

BMO also solicited the support of Nigerians for the success of President Buhari’s second term in office and assured them that they would not be disappointed

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BMO To Nigerians: Rally Behind Your Country On $9.6bn Judgement Debt

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has appealed to Nigerians, regardless of political persuasions, to rally round the country as the government strives to stave off the largest financial liability in her history as a result of the botched controversial contract with Process and Industrial Development (P&ID).

According to the group, this is the best collective reaction rather than the divisive response to the $9.6bn arbitration award and the UK court’s enforcement judgement against Nigeria over a gas processing plant that was never built.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that this is necessary because of the various anomalies in the process leading to the ‘award’ of the contract.

“This is the time the citizenry need to be supportive of efforts by the Federal Government to file a stay of execution, and also an appeal against a judgment that, if enforced, could see the country losing its prized assets to the British Virgin Islands-registered P&ID.

“Here is a contract that has been established to have been shrouded in secrecy, and we consider it more like an intentional act of fraud against the Nigerian state, considering that it did not pass through the proper process for contracts of that magnitude.

“Nigerians are aware that the contract was sealed by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in January 2017 when the then President Umaru Yar’Adua was incapacitated, and there are suggestions that the signature of the former Minister, Dr Rilwan Lukman might even have been forged by some yet to be identified unknown state actors to commit the country to the deal.

“This was without recourse to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) because of the nature of the contract and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which is the highest decision making body in the land. Besides, the company seems like a portfolio firm incorporated in 2006 to secure the contract with Nigeria.

 “So just as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has said, there are sufficient and strong grounds for a successful appeal or an alternative resolution of a judgement that is 20% of Nigeria’s foreign reserves.

“We clearly cannot imagine the implication of a seizure of Nigeria’s oil cargoes, just like the hedge fund company that bought a stake in P&ID did to Argentina and Venezuela.

“This would certainly have an adverse effect on the economy and lead to problems that could impact negatively on the rest of Africa, if not the whole world,” BMO added.

The group also dismissed claims, mainly by representatives of P&ID, that negligence by the Buhari administration and a refusal by the government to enter an appeal for over five years worsened the situation.

“This narrative has for several weeks been the dominant one in the public space and has been further pushed by anti-government elements to paint President Muhammadu Buhari in a bad light.

“It is good that the Federal Government has now released a fact sheet showing the timelines from 2010 when the contract was signed to 2016 when the Attorney General of the Federation took over the case, as well as efforts by even the President to address the judgement debt.

“What this proves is that the Buhari administration never slept on Nigeria’s rights as many people are being led to believe by the company and its local collaborators bent on stampeding the country into negotiations.

“We are however hopeful that the government would take all necessary steps to act in the best interest of all Nigerians, rather than plunge the country into economic woes.”

BMO also urged the Federal Government to ensure a holistic investigation of the project which many Nigerians are convinced was designed to fail from the outset and bring the full force of the law to bear on identified culprits

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BMO Hails Senate President For Committing To A Partnership With The Executive

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commended the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan for his sense of patriotism, dedication and commitment, particularly over his recent promise that the ninth National Assembly would not fail President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to bring succour to Nigerians, and finding lasting solution to some of the numerous challenges confronting the country.

The Pro-Buhari group was reacting to the recent statement made by the Senate President at a town hall meeting in Yobe State during which he promised Nigerians that the ninth National Assembly would have a good working relationship with the administration of President Muhhammadu Buhari, unlike the previous eighth National Assembly.

BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, said the Senate President, since assumption of office has left no one in doubt of his readiness, and the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to work with Buhari administration to deliver on his Next Level agenda for the benefit of the people.

“It is gratifying to note that we now have a Senate President who is ready to mobilise his colleagues in both chambers of the National Assembly to work harmoniously with the executive arm of government and other agencies of government for the benefit of Nigeria.  For us, this is a welcome development which every well-meaning Nigerian should applaud.

“The purpose of the legislative arm of government is to work in partnership with the executive arm of government to ensure the dividends of democracy reach all and sundry. It is with great hope that the second coming of President Buhari and the new leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives provide the landscape for all Nigerians to thrive and move to the Next Level.

“This singular act of patriotism which the Senate President has repeatedly demonstrated over time has not only shown that Senator Lawan acknowledges and appreciates the enormity of the problems confronting the country, he also believes that through collective efforts of various government agencies, departments and Nigerians, we stand a better chance of resolving our problems”, added the BMO.

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Surging Food Prices, Where? BMO Asks Bloomberg

The Buhari Media Organisation has faulted claims by Bloomberg of a further surge in food prices as a result of the Federal government’s decision to curb spending on food imports.

The group said the media outlet did not conduct wide-ranging interviews to back up its position that the new policy could threaten food supplies and push up prices.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that Bloomberg only approached interview subjects that would confirm its pre-conceived story idea.

“A cursory look through the news item showed that the reporter preferred to speak to an Abuja-based trader who sells imported rice and wheat, so it is not entirely unexpected that she would lament that ‘food will become scarce and very expensive’.

“We know for a fact that the umbrella body of small business owners in Nigeria has hailed the decision to place food on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s foreign exchange exclusion list, but there was no reference to this important group which has since indicated its readiness to cash in on the situation.

 “What is even more preposterous about the publication is that Bloomberg quoted a history lecturer at one University in Cameroon who may not know so much about Nigeria and may not even have visited the country this year.

“The lecturer claimed that ‘many families have abandoned their farms and the crops on them have been stolen, destroyed by war or abandoned’. The question is which part of Nigeria is the supposed authority talking about where farmlands have been destroyed by war? 

“There is a part of the country known as the food basket of the nation and the last time we checked, there is no war in the area and even the farmers-herdsmen crisis that was referenced has virtually disappeared in the entire geopolitical zone

“While we are not saying that there is no security challenge in some parts of the country, only an outsider would give the impression that a large chunk of farmland in a country as large as Nigeria is in a desolate state. And this is the authority the Bloomberg reporter deemed fit to quote,” it added.

BMO also wondered why the reporter did not deem bother to make an on-the-spot visit to some farming communities or even attempt to balance the story and give his readers the opportunity to make up their mind on the new policy direction. “In the haste to paint a doomsday scenario, we were told that the food price index in Nigeria has risen almost 80% since the start of 2015 and that it has pushed inflation above the Central Bank’s target.

“We wonder where the reporter got her food price figure from, because they do not reflect the reality in many parts of the country. Only a few days ago, the influential Business Day reported that the prices of staple food such as rice tomato and beans have been on the decline in the last few weeks, especially as the harvest season has started.

“In fact, it is the third month running that food prices have dropped, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)

“It is on record that inflation is on a steady decline and the last figures released by the NBS showed a near one-year low of 11.08%.The CBN had projected that the inflation rate would rise to 12% this year before moderating, but the bank is now looking forward to a single digit rate soon.

“So we are advising the Bloomberg team in Nigeria to travel round the country and speak with more people with facts and figures rather than depend on an Abuja-based dealer in imported rice, or a lecturer in Cameroon to form an opinion on issues beyond their paygrade.”

BMO urged Nigerians to trust in the ability of the Buhari administration to ensure a quantum growth in the agriculture sector as it is already doing with local rice production.

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Closure Of Seme Border In National Interest- BMO

The recent closure of the Nigeria-Benin border has been described as a desirable measure taken by the Federal Government to save Nigeria’s economy and enable the Nigerian Customs Service(NCS) restore sanity to the activities at the Seme border. 
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) said in a statement in Abuja that the closure was aimed at boosting Nigeria’s economy by saving our agricultural products like rice, and enabling farmers and other manufacturer reap from their labour.

In the statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group noted that the closure would also help to improve the security of the country as illegal arms and ammunition are being smuggled into the country through our porous borders. 
“There was no doubt that time had come for necessary measures to be taken by the Federal Government to protect Nigeria’s local manufacturers so that their products would have value and flourish without undue competition. 
“It is on record that the porous borders were being used to smuggle poorly-finished goods into Nigeria and this has had adverse effects on the country.”
The group said it was certain that the partial closure of the Seme border is temporary and is aimed at ensuring that the border is no longer used to smuggle all sorts of products from our neighbours into Nigeria, thereby hampering the economic well-being of the country.
It also advised critics of the border closure to note that under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, no stone would be left unturned to ensure that sanity is restored to the porous Nigerian borders, “considering the security and economic implications they pose to the country.
“While we acknowledge that such measures come with some unavoidable inconveniences to the citizens, it is important to note that it will serve the larger interest of the country in the long run.
“Meanwhile, we enjoin Nigerians to rally round President Buhari in his efforts to save Nigeria from the illegal activities going on along our borders.”
BMO recalled that Nigeria’s leading industrialist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote had lamented the influx of smuggled goods in the country as it ‘’poses a threat to the economy and jobs of thousands of Nigerians.’’ Dangote had cited a World Bank report which put the cost of goods smuggled into the country from Benin Republic at N1.45 trillion annually.

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Fight Against Corruption Under Buhari Isn’t Selective – BMO Tells Tambuwal

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has given a response to the allegation by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state that the fight against corruption in the present administration is selective.

The BMO said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has established anti-graft agencies that have the constitutional powers to make discreet decisions without being told what to do.

The group insisted that if the fight against corruption has been selective in past administrations, it is not and it can never be the case under President Buhari.

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Access To President Through Chief Of Staff Is Standard Global Practice – BMO

The office of the Chief of Staff (CoS) to the President is not only the hub of most issues that require the President’s attention but also of paramount importance for the smooth running of the administration.

According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to his Ministers to channel their submission to him through his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyeri, is quite in order. It is in fact standard practice globally.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said critics of the directive are either uninformed or are hoodwinkers. “For the avoidance of doubt, no new power has been conferred on the office of the Chief of Staff except that the President has chosen to run an administration that is better organized.

“We also wish to remind critics of this directive that in developed societies, especially the United States of America from where we copied our presidential system of government, the office of the Chief of Staff is key to driving the successful delivery of good governance to the citizens, and Nigeria’s case cannot be different. 

“Additionally, the President, in his wisdom, is desirous of avoiding the staccato arrangement of the past that was disorderly and uncoordinated, even as it hampered the smooth running of government activities.”

BMO noted that President Buhari runs a more organised and streamlined system, aimed at ensuring a seamless operation of government activities, without unnecessary delays or hasty decision-making.

“We, therefore, implore Nigerians not to be taken in by the antics of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a few disgruntled elements who never see anything good in an administration that is not only people-oriented but is focused at fighting corruption, improving the economy and combating the insurgency. The PDP should not equate its profligate era with the Buhari administration that is focused on rebuilding the country.”

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Cabinet: Buhari Has Chosen A Stellar Team To Deliver Excellence – BMO

President Buhari has chosen for his second term a stellar team that would deliver optimal results in the last half of his two-term tenure.

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) believes that, going by the backgrounds, qualifications and impeachable records of the crop of Ministers in this cabinet, President Buhari did his home-work very well, and the nation will be better for it.

In a statement signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, its Chairman and Secretary respectively, BMO noted that the President has made very sound and deliberate choices in these men and women who have very inspiring backgrounds and records.

“The team of Ministers just sworn in are an exceptional crew. A quick look at their records in their private and public service would excite any observer. They are men and women of capacity, who have etched their names in the history books as trailblazers and achievers. They have stood out as the best in their fields of endeavours and are capable and fit for the job ahead. 

“These are the very best, and we are sure that they would bring in their best to the execution of their duties while in service to the nation as Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“These achievers were not just picked at random. The President was deliberate, conscious and perspicacious in the selection of these Ministers. Each brings to the table something that stands him or her out. President Buhari has consequently assigned to each of them a role that he wants them to play, given their unique talents, records and past achievements.”

BMO noted that the newly sworn-in Ministers would play a pivotal role in the President’s strive to deliver on the promises he made to the Nigerian people.

“President Buhari had campaigned in 2015 and 2019 on the delivery of three key promises to Nigerians: securing the nation, rejuvenating the economy and fighting corruption. He has achieved a great deal in each of this. And, there is a general unanimity among Nigerians about this.

“The new Ministers would play key roles in building on the foundation that had been laid by the President and his team in the first tenure. These Ministers would consequently continue the good work that has been started.”

The group further noted that the Ministers were not just a good crop of highly skilled technocrats, but also of grassroots politicians who understand the party’s manifesto and mandate and are loyal to its cause.

BMO said further that the President was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and so he has chosen strategic members of the party to build up his cabinet, knowing that he will need people who have the same thinking, ideology and philosophy as he to deliver on his promises.

“Observers may note that these Ministers are mostly technocratic politicians, they are right. The President needs not just skilled workers to assist him to deliver on his mandate, he also needs politicians who understand his political mandate and the ideology for which he was elected. He has thus picked a team that fits the balance: exceptional technocrats and consummate politicians.”

BMO also called on the Ministers to remain focused and loyal to the cause, noting that they had been given assignments that would further write their names in the good books of history, as they are going to be instrument of change that would take Nigeria to a level of unprecedented greatness.

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BMO Hails Adesina, Shehu On Their Reappointment

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has hailed the reappointment of Presidential spokespersons, Mr. Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu as Special Adviser and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity respectively.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group acknowledged that the reappointment is in recognition of the duo’s commitment to the arduous task of nation-building and the confidence the President reposed in them.

BMO expressed confidence that the reappointment will afford them the opportunity to help drive the ‘’Change Agenda’’ of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to the ‘’Next Level’’.

It also congratulated other members of the presidential media team Mr. Laolu Akande, Lauretta Onochie and Bashir Ahmad, and wished them a successful second tenure

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Emulate Abdulsalami’s Statemanship, BMO Chides Obasanjo

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has hailed convener of the two-day roundtable on national security General Abdulsalami Abubakar for quietly spearheading the quest for peaceful co-existence in the country without heating up the polity.

According to the group, this is the path former Heads of State are expected to toe, based on their national profile, rather than triggering bellicosity that could further widen the nation’s fault lines.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that the move by General Abdulsalami is worthy of emulation by not just former leaders but also by any Nigerian aspiring to leadership positions in the country.

“Not many Nigerians were aware that the former Head of State, through the Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies (AAIPSDS), was working on a peace summit until some of the invited groups brought it into the public domain.

“And this was at a time another former leader Olusegun Obasanjo was also in the public eye for an open letter in which he tacitly upbraided an entire ethnic group over some grievances which he suggested could be resolved at a National conference.

“But rather than take a similar route, Abdulsalami ensured that participants representing various interests as well as those with different perspectives on the emerging security challenges showed up in Minna, Niger State to proffer solutions for a united and peaceful Nigeria.

“We believe that a former President who built a reputation for mediating in conflict situations in many parts of Africa at the behest of international organisations like the UN and AU should have done what a younger former leader, with a lesser international pedigree, is doing in his own country.

“So we are urging Chief Obasanjo to consider emulating General Abdulsalami’s unifying peace initiative and peaceful disposition rather than the divisive efforts he had in recent times been engaged in, which are bound to dent his credentials as a respected and unbiased national figure,” the group said. 

BMO commended individuals and groups that participated at the two-day national security summit and had harsh words for those who did not show up.

“Our message for eminent Nigerians from all walks of life who turned up in Minna is that their contributions to peaceful co-existence would be etched in gold because there is no alternative to dialogue in resolving conflicts.

“Nigerians would also not forget in a hurry the socio-cultural groups which did not honour the invitation as their decision could be interpreted to mean that they rejected peace, but we know that the driving force for the attitude of these groups is hatred for President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Some of these groups are known for grandstanding on issues of insecurity and have always pointed accusing fingers at others, but it is surprising that when called upon to make their own contributions to efforts to foster peace, they demur.

“We hope that Nigerians have taken note of those who chose to boycott the security summit and pay attention to their utterances afterwards.”

BMO expressed hope that all Nigerians would heed the advice of Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who, as chairman of the Roundtable discussion, said conflicts can only be brought under control if stakeholders look for a common ground through team building and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

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