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In a Washington Post article titled, Nigeria Committed to Good Governance and Fighting Terror, President Muhammadu Buhari speaks on the progress he has made so far, the areas in which he is seeking America’s support, and also revealed that cabinet ministers will be announced in September.

Here are some excerpts from the writeup:

This month, the world moved a step closer to the defeat of Boko Haram, the jihadist group that has terrorized hundreds of thousands in the northern states of Nigeria. In one of my first acts since taking office as president six weeks ago, I have replaced the heads of Nigeria’s army, navy and air force. Our new military leadership has not been chosen because of their familiarity with those in government, as was too often the case in the past, but on their track records and qualifications alone.

These new military leaders will be based in Borno State in northern Nigeria, where the headquarters of the armed services has been relocated. This shift of resources and command directly to the front line, in addition to the replacement of the head of the State Security Service, Nigeria’s intelligence organization, and a new emphasis on working in partnership with our neighbors, has equipped us to take the fight directly to Boko Haram.

Already we are beginning to see a degrading of Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force. In recent weeks, it appears to have shifted away from confronting the military directly to an increase in attacks on civilian areas, as we saw only last week when an elderly woman and 10-year-old girl blew themselves up at a Muslim prayer gathering in northeastern Nigeria. We should not be confused by this change, hateful as it is: It does not mean that Boko Haram is succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is losing…

…Already there are voices saying these changes are taking too long — even though only six weeks have passed since my inauguration. I hear such calls, but this task cannot and should not be rushed…

When cabinet ministers are appointed in September, it will be some months after I took the oath of office. It is worth noting that Obama himself did not have his full Cabinet in place for several months after first taking office; the United States did not cease to function in the interim. In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have made these appointments immediately on my elevation to the presidency; instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place.

We seek the support and partnership of the United States in these tasks. The importance of the fight against terrorism and corruption in Nigeria, Africa’s most powerful economy and largest populace, cannot be underestimated. Our allies can provide much-needed military training and intelligence as our soldiers take the war effort to Boko Haram. Similarly, we look to U.S. businesses as well as the Obama administration to help develop governance initiatives that can ensure that Nigeria’s wealth benefits all its people, not just a few. By taking these steps, we will be positioned to benefit from increased investment — particularly in energy and electricity — from the United States…

Read the entire article on Washington Post

30 Comments

  1. Taipan

    July 21, 2015 at 7:39 am

    how many african presidents are running to the US,? if you like come back with gay law, the US can not offer help without getting something tangible from Nigeria.

  2. warizdiz

    July 21, 2015 at 7:46 am

    This propaganda is too much o. Why is all our hope resting on America? America will help us do this, America will help us do that. Why did we fight for Sovereignty nau? I fully understand the concept of cooperation between nations but, it seems all our hope is on America. When you dine with the devil, ur spoon must be long. From here, our spoon looks very very short. This servitude posture looks like 1983 tinz.

    Nigeria di enter one chance.

    • Ifeanyi

      July 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      You obviously have not read the speech!

      A lot of Stolen Money is stashed in foreign accounts and properties and he needs the cooperation of US and Europe to repatriate those funds back to Nigeria. How is that putting your hope on America? PMB is relying on Himself!

      Cold War is ended but to deny the military strength and intelligence of the US is to be economical with the truth…

      You want to defeat Boko Haram with sticks?
      Buhari would succeed! We gave the man 4 Years…We voted for Change! Patience is Virtue! Do we have it? Am not sure Nigerians would recognize development when they see one.

    • Miis Sia

      July 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Ifeanyi, that your excuse is weak. Pls. tell me what impact you have felt in your pocket, in your life?

  3. Renix

    July 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Mtcheeeeeeew. Is this what we now call achievement? Changing military chiefs? The opposition won therefore, it is expected. Moreover, bh has been more deadly since Buhari took over. Why are we celebrating the mundane? And why so much expectation from America? The America we all know does not give anything for free. What is Nigeria battering with?

    On high expectations from some Nigerians, blame it on the manner of campaign. Was it realistic and honest?

  4. Ba

    July 21, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Good report though, but need act to fast with right moves. Asides, anytime boko haram strike, even if no one died or get injured, pls consider it winning for them. Render them losers as quick as possible. This is a challenge PMB, and I wish you victory.

  5. yellow sissy

    July 21, 2015 at 8:17 am

    The way he speak he doesn’t need too much talk,anyways Action speaks louder than word..

  6. warizdiz

    July 21, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Heheheheheheh the Daura Dullard has done it again! In a video just released, he referred to the APC as All Nigerian Peoples Congress. Thunder fire anybody that calls me out today!

    • seesaw

      July 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Haaaaaa! The video is on SDK. Which kind wahala be this? When we say the man is old and out of touch APC Blind and deaf bats go cazy. This was in his opening remark to Obama’s welcome speech

    • sisiet

      July 21, 2015 at 8:55 am

      I just hope he did not sign anything. All those jokers he travelled with are in the same boat with him. Illiterates all of them. On such a momentus visit why is Saraki and captains of industry not with him?

    • Great Job!

      July 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

      You are doing a great job but save some energy na!

  7. anonymous

    July 21, 2015 at 9:06 am

    What is the difference between ‘America this and that…’ and GEJ’s ‘America will know’.

    I’m almost beginning to believe the conspiracy theories that said America sponsored Buhari’s campaign for personal gain. This Neo-colonalism has to stop abeg.

  8. Sunshine

    July 21, 2015 at 9:17 am

    America is the new focus for Mr president living internal issues in the country. Nigeria has a long way to go! Smh

  9. naijaflo

    July 21, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Lets wait and see what they want because they don’t do things for free.
    naijaflo.com

  10. mabel

    July 21, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Serious? @ Warizdiz. Lol. The guy na male version of mummy paypay abeg. Lol. See as he fall hand. He won’t be going on this type of trip again o. He should send that his commissioner sorry VP. Is this what we will be doing? Holding our breath that he won’t…….

  11. http://www.dakkylove.com/

    July 21, 2015 at 9:43 am

    “Already we are beginning to see a degrading of Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force.” degrading??? people are dying, i don’t care if there is a change in tactic or anything i just want the bombings and killings to stop, let it stop!!!

  12. Reverse

    July 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Nigerians asked when we’d have ministers, we were told in the fullness of time. Obama without asking was told September.

    Meanwhile all the big thanks to Obama about putting pressure on the last govt to handover confirms what most already know… continue gallivanting and staring adoringly into Obamas eyes, while our economy dances ‘konko below’

  13. charles

    July 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

    ” In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have made these appointments immediately on my elevation to the presidency; instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place.”

    This is a man who knows EXACTLY what he is doing. Not one to be pushed around. We inherited a lot of mess from the previous administrations, we need to clear the mess first, set a new tone before appointing ministers.

    • Mewe

      July 21, 2015 at 11:37 am

      All you worshippers, clutching at meaningless clichés to give yourself much needed hope… Hahahaha, pele

    • Ruler

      July 21, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Charles, l would hv agreed with you 100% if it were any brilliant President besides Buhari. This one does not know what he is doing! Go and watch the video of his latest blunder on SDK.

    • charles

      July 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Great. . .There is no need for me to watch any video. I did not vote Buhari to blow “grammar” for me. I voted him to work and make my country better. So far so good, Buhari hasn’t disappointed. He has positioned himself to be someone who knows too well what he is doing.If he eventually fails, we will kick him out with our votes. We have had well spoken and grammar “trotting” thieves, who have not bettered our lot.
      Thanks

    • nene+

      July 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Need i keep talking that this is the highest fraud in my entire knowledge about Nigeria! APC and Yorubas foisted this on us.
      Buhari fought and laughed Jonathan to a stand still for using South African Mercenaries to fight boko haram.
      If he laughed and criticised Jonathan synergy with Niger and Cameroon,why is he running to white house with pot bellied governors who couldnt pay their workers salaries? What was Rochas telling Obama with mufflers? What has Kashim Shettima done with what he learnt at G7?

      Did APC also tell us Iara Oshomole went to USA???? The bunch of liers told us 33 and hid their spouses and children and aids????

      Apc told us our Nigeria military could not defeat boko haram due to kwurption, imagine a dirty toothed Tinubu calling another human being corrupt? Corruption personified inditing someone else???

      Buhari is a scam! He has returned Nigeria 40 years backwards when an old soldier is celebrating appointing belated service chief. Oma sheeooo what a pity!!!!
      Obama spent time appointing ministers like USA does not have strong institutions stronger than most countries?
      Shame on APC for foisting a retired,tired,un-updated man on gullible Nigerians.
      If its indeed the turn for the Northerners where there no better candidates than this stagnant waters we now have????
      No wonder Babangida had to end the go slow in 1985.
      Until September,almost end of the year before companies will decide to invest or not for an election won since March 28th????

      Buhari knowledge on business and Economics shows he does not appreciate time which is priceless. By September when he resurrects from a deep slumber ,the year is gone and businesses will wait forever before they decide. Stock Exchange will remain lull until pa Buhari the man at the pool of Bethesda sees help.

      I hope that organisations will not sack while waiting endlessly to make a strategy.
      I hope that farmers will not rest their tool not knowing what to cultivate. We had so many farming rice and cassava as per cassava flour when wheat was cut down.

      Blame it on selfish Tinubu who crowned the perpetually unelectible 20 years contestant a president.

      I am happy Tinubu is loosing all the way in this fraud.

      Dont bother to insult me cos i will give you back if you must do then don’t blab without specifics.

    • Kili

      July 22, 2015 at 12:25 am

      You would have made sense but for the Yoruba part, you are just so full of tribalistism that that is all u have, Gosh, then you come on here and try to be intelligent
      . Would you have felt better if an Igbo or Efik contested and won under the APC.
      Can u honestly from the bottom of your heart be honest in criticizing Jonathan’s administration?
      Asides from sentimental reasons.
      It’s so sickening I almost hate you even though I don’t know you. You must be a horrible person in life. I pity any Yoruba person who comes in contact with you. The life you live on BN had better be just for popularity cos u are just unbelievable.

  14. baby geh sipping tea

    July 21, 2015 at 10:46 am

    #AmericaWillKnow

  15. Diddy

    July 21, 2015 at 11:27 am

    @charles Exactly he knows wht he is doing and definitely we will give him dat space he needs,and u need to clear the mess caused by the previous regime,i guess the way is going it will take one full tenure to clean it,he said it took obama some months to fully choose his cabinets thereby comparing our political instability and culture to that of America,how ridiculous it sounds,my own is that he should not be a lapdog or mama’s boy to the US,cos if he does that he alone will to face the outcome

  16. Okechukwu Ofili

    July 21, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Doesn’t this sound familiar?

    “Already we are beginning to see a degrading of Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force. In recent weeks, it appears to have shifted away from confronting the military directly to an increase in attacks on civilian areas, as we saw only last week when an elderly woman and 10-year-old girl blew themselves up at a Muslim prayer gathering in northeastern Nigeria. We should not be confused by this change, hateful as it is: It does not mean that Boko Haram is succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is losing…”

    – President Muhammadu Buhari

    • peyton

      July 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Dejavu

  17. olufemi

    July 21, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I am a Nigerian that reside in the US, I travel to Nigeria once a year. I have stayed abreast of the happenings, elections etc. I prayed for Buhari to win, and I am glad he won.
    For one, human beings, Nigerians inclusive cannot be satisfied. Nigerian did not get this way in months, it took years to demoralize and destabilize it, so it will take some time to get us to where we ought to be.
    We as a people are too sentimental, and also ignorant. There are a lot of people that hate Buhari because he is a hausa man, excuse me, what did GEJ achieve? Other than promoting corruption, which brought Nigeria to a stand still financially, NOTHING. But, a lot of us are not paying attention to this, they will rather have him than Buhari.
    Now, a lot of things are out of place and need to be put in place, give the man some time and pray that he succeeds. People complain too much, like the Israelites, too many murmurings.
    Haba!!!!!! fear God now. We complain that all he is appointing are the hausa”s., I have found out that muslims are more straightforward than Christians, they take their religion very seriously. I would rather have a trust worthy hausa than a chiristian that I cannot trust that is Yoruba / Igbo. We are too ostentatious, too money hungry, too shallow etc .
    No man is an island, if America is able to help us recover our money, why not? If we have the right person, that is smart, he won’t bow to America, he’ll just use their expertise while he tries to build on Nigeria’s.
    Anyway, I personally don’t have a problem with Buhari, we as a people just need to agree to pray for our leaders and trust God to help them.
    I weep for our children’s generation, we need to get it right for them, otherwise they will curse us.
    Good luck to you Mr President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lobatan

      July 25, 2015 at 1:13 am

      @Olufemi, pls. go back and wash dead bodies. Mortuary attendant like you.

  18. nnenne

    July 22, 2015 at 1:25 am

    @ olufemi…Good to know it took time for Nigeria to get this bad.
    So you are really implying that things were bad before GEJ got here. Thanks for owning up to that because media gives the impression corruption was imported into Nigeria in the last six years.

    Please stop deceiving yourself. Everybody loves money! Hausa/ Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo. Others. The only thing is that some people work harder for their money and plan better.
    If you bother to do some research, you will find out who benefited from our National purse more.
    Don’t like money. ….Spare me the hypocrisy!

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