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President Buhari’s Interview with Al Jazeera is a MUST WATCH! Talks ForEx for Nigerian Students Abroad, Biafra, Boko Haram & More

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President Muhammadu Buhari recently sat with Martine Dennis of Al Jazeera in Qatar for an in-depth interview.

The journalist was up-to-date on the Nigerian economy and politics, and asked him the burning questions affecting everyday Nigerians.

Buhari Interview with Al Jazeera_February 2016Watch!

On Falling Oil Prices
“We were unable to diversify our economy, hence we are much more disadvantaged by the lower oil prices.”

Nigeria in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
“Nigeria will make the necessary sacrifice to remain in OPEC.”

On Biafra
“At least two millions Nigerians were killed in the Biafra war. And for somebody to wake up maybe they weren’t born. Looking for Biafra after two millions people were killed, they are joking with the security and Nigeria won’t tolerate Biafra.”

Devaluing the Naira
Nigeria “virtually imports everything, from rice to toothpicks”, it cannot afford to devalue its currency.

“If it is against our national interest, why can’t we go against the IMF advice?”

ForEx for Nigerian Students Schooling Abroad (from the 9 minute mark)
Martine: “What about those who are slightly more privileged like yourself? You’ve got children studying abroad. There are parents in Nigeria with kids in universities and schools abroad, who are now facing the possibility of having to pull their kids out. They can actually no longer afford to pay for school fees?”

Buhari: “If the country cannot afford it, so be it.”

Martine: “But your children will continue their studies, no doubt?”

Buhari: “Those who can afford it, can still afford it. But for those who can’t, Nigeria cannot afford to allocate foreign exchange for those who decided to train their children outside the country. We can’t just afford it.”

Martine: “So it’s tough luck.”

Buhari: “Well, that’s the true situation we are in.”

On Boko Haram
Al Jazeera reports, “Buhari’s election campaign rode on pledges to root out corruption and quash the armed group Boko Haram. Yet, Boko Haram remains active in many areas of Nigeria, seemingly able to strike at will.

He explains why he believes the security of his country is best served by being part of the Saudi-led Islamic anti-terrorism coalition announced in December 2015.”

Photo Credit: Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera | Source: Al Jazeera

85 Comments

  1. Marie Antoinette

    March 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    A VERY DISAPPOINTING PRESIDENT!
    This too shall pass…in 3 and half years or less. God dey!

    • FasholasLover

      March 6, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Amen. Buhari is a big mistake. Why would a President not talk to his citizens at home?. Every major news has been relayed from outside the country… Leadership often looks easy from the outside. Now that he has what he has desired since he was booted out, he does not know what to do with it. I hope his handlers can reign him in and together fashion a realistic way forward for the country. Right now, Nigeria is on auto pilot.

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 7, 2016 at 1:06 am

      Dude this isn’t major news, he basically repeated the same talking points he used at the NTA media chart, did you miss that?

    • [email protected]

      March 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      The system creates corruption on every level, we have never had a good president that actually serves the people. So is every man for himself, the word corruption is used loosely, you can only be corrupt in a organize system, that actually serves the people religiously but we never had. The system onLy promotes further acts against humanity. How can you say tough luck to people abroad. you clearly show that you are not here to serve us ( Nigerians even though we abroad). The educational system is corrupt, I am here in one of the best schools in the world that spreads feminism, equity, humanity and they actually practice it like that’s all they know, all the things Nigerians will never teach me. Its sad. We are not even asking you to dash us money but please stop charging us ridiculously for everything, in every 150 withdrawal the maximum from Atm ( I get 50 dollars charge without statement). No dollars available,

    • nene+

      March 6, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Where was the monies for sponsoring buhari children hidden in the asset declaration jagooons? Mud houses? Skybank 1 million balance?bank loan? abi???????????? Abi cow for the expensive accommodation in surrey? So my parents or my hard working self can’t go to Harvard or the ivy league for my Ph.D? People shouldn’t do ACCA and foreign exams then how can we be competitive?
      Even China are all over the world studing to take back to develop China!!!
      Illiteracy is a disease!!!!!
      Why not streamline it to uni student,masters and above? Is it in Nigeria doctors learnt Assisted reproductive Techniques? Is buhari GP even in Nigeria?
      Next time Nigeria vote who have NEPA bill una hear???

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 7, 2016 at 1:10 am

      EEEYAH why can’t be humane and give your a full ride nah, surely they understand its not your fault? Perhaps they aren’t as egalitarian as you just claimed.

      Pray tell, use the benefits of the immense education you’re receiving to tell us how government should stop charging you ridiculously, you do understand the currency’s current value right?

      LMFAO, tell me you aren’t asking us to subsidise you?

    • Bade

      March 6, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      DON’T CONFUSE DISAPPOINTING WITH SADDENING. THE TRUTH IS BITTER.

    • anne

      March 7, 2016 at 11:24 am

      He started the interview relaxed, and the interviewer managed to get him riled up. All I can say from his responses is that Nigeria don enter one-chance

  2. Cabrini

    March 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I dey come

  3. Maureen

    March 6, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    God is watching you in 3D, so basically even other person can go screw themselves if they can’t afford to buy dollars at this current exchange rate, but your own kids are clearly more special than the rest of us, so they deserve to continue with their own studies but others don’t. NA wa

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 7, 2016 at 1:12 am

      He can afford it. Man fooled us with his poverty stchik. Like they say hate the game not the player.

  4. DIddy

    March 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    This man never cease to amaze someone, well what do you expect from a leader who is being insensitive towards its citizens.

  5. Lagos is my home

    March 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Hummm i had very high hopes for Buhari but so far he has been a major let down…. no vision no governance nothing. Just empty EFCC noise up and down

    While i am disappointed i feel he still better than GEJ

    • Iris

      March 6, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      That’s what people forget. It isn’t like there was a wealth of options. There are probably people who would not have voted for Buhari if the person he was running against was more competent than GEJ. The problem is no one pays attention to independent parties.

    • eb

      March 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Bless you.next time let’s focus on smaller independent parties with tested contestants

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 7, 2016 at 1:15 am

      Hilarious, you think your vote counts? The people that count are that 70% living below $1 a day that we will go twitter to mock for collecting bags of rice during election season. Do not vote for an independent candidate that can afford to compete, at least we know the source of the two majors money.

      The only solution is more people joining the major parties, reforming the parties themselves.

  6. Zee

    March 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Why isn’t he granting interviews to Nigerian journalists? This is disturbing! I would like to see him on Rubbing Minds..On Channels TV.. I would love to see him being interviewed by a tough Nigerian journalist. . Unfortunately, it’s as if the popular ones are not politically serious. We are not serious in this country. We don’t even take ourselves seriously. Kai! Our TV stations need to step up! I look forward to that day when western presidents will be interviewed on Nigerian airwaves,and it will mean something!

    Baba just keeps globe trotting.. Buying favor with the rest of the world but his own people! A good Nigerian would have handled this interview better!

  7. Obzzz

    March 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I love this man!

  8. Brizola

    March 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I didn’t expect much from him so much from him I’m not disappointed.

  9. Nakoms

    March 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Okay so he should provide scarce hard currencies to Nigerians who by choice must send their children to school. Tomorrow you will open your mouth to say I am a self made man or woman and bad mouth this country to no end.

    The sad fact is the nations sole means of survival is selling dirt cheap in the market. Some things just have to give. It’s not only affecting the importation of education it’s affecting the importation of everything. Yes O everything, from tooth pick to tissue paper. From imported water (yes, in case you don’t know we do import water) to tomatoes.

    I am an importer but instead of badmouthing my dear country I have redirected my energies to local food processing and livestock production and from what I have seen so far in the course of these new ventures, “the Land is green” literally and figuratively.

    I know the past times of BN commenters is to rubbish my dear country but remember it is this same country you run to when Donald Trump and his Fascist minions run you out of town.

    In my various travels I have seen how hardworking Nigerians outside the country are and it never ceases to amaze me if they realize they can make so much more here if they apply that same level of dedication here. Don’t give me that “there are no opportunities in Naija”; look beyond the obvious. Nigeria does not start and end in Lagos there are opportunities in the hinterlands. Where ever things are not working there will you find boundless opportunities to do good and make money at the same time.

    So nwanna stop putting my country down and get real do some real work. Naija for life.

    • Tolani

      March 6, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Great points! But it’s unfortunate that most Nigerian parents have resulted to sending their children abroad. It’s not anyone’s fault the tertiary education system is below par. Everyone wants the best and to be competitive and so even “iya basiras” hustle hard and have their kids going to schools abroad. If uncle Buhari wants to lead by example, he should start by sending his children to institutions in Nigeria and encourage Nigerians to stay within the country. The majority of the people in politics have kids abroad and probably only use imported goods. You can’t be telling the populace to do something when you’re not doing it yourself! 2019 is coming sha. And if he thinks he’s getting re-elected, he’s actually jonzing. ??

    • Pretty girl

      March 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      As in Tolani he is jonzing better one he won’t even try and come out again for second term na dey no born am well

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 7, 2016 at 1:17 am

      From that same below par education system, people will still go to Oxbridge and the ivy league schools and make firsts, do they have two heads?

      The education system is sub-par because you people have bought into a manufactured myth and taken money that should go to them abroad.

    • kilipot

      March 7, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Talk with facts. Tissue paper and water are CONTRABANDS. They are clearly listed in the prohibition list

    • Dcdee

      March 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Wow! That is great!!
      I’m so happy tissue paper and water are contrabands
      That is how far we have come since 1960

    • just bored

      March 7, 2016 at 9:15 am

      i so love your comment. True Nigerian. Most Nigerians commenting are sentimental. The question we need to ask is – How many Nigerians schooling abroad can their parents really afford it? If some of these parents didn’t steal OUR money, they wont have kids abroad. Please dont ask how i know because i live in the UK and i know a lot of civil servants with children (note my plural) schooling in very expensive schools. So why should the nation subsidize your fees by selling dollars cheap?
      Perhaps we should all direct our energies towards asking the government to improve our education..
      For the guys saying Buhari isn’t doing well…The man inherited a very bad economy.

  10. debby dibs

    March 6, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    If GEJ were here, a) BH might still be an issue (as it still is now. Building our capacity for military intelligence will take time irrespective for who is CIC and the networks between BH and ISIL make this battle complicated); b) Our economic response to the crude oil price fall would have been more robust – our minister would have a clear roadmap and the corruption enabled by the difference in parallel and official forex markets would have been eliminated; c) we would not selectively ban imports in ways that feed into corruption – I am sure Dangote’s inputs are not banned. Its our poor Aba and Onitsha brothers that are crying under the weight of this policy; d) our budget would be reasonable – comparisons made by BudgIT show increases in allocations across the board when you compare GEJs budget to PMBs budget and for useless things – N322 million cable connection to drivers toilets for example; e) we would not be deceiving ourselves about addressing corruption (no one has been convicted under dasukigate, security votes that enabled dasukigate are STILL in the budget); f) the budget would have been passed by now and action would have started (ministers are all sitting ducks too scared to take action for fear of convictions according to Reuters. everything has to be approved by chief of staff and they cannot get meetings with PMB). All the action we see currently is backed by GEJs 2015 budget and projects he started that are ongoing/recently completed). No 2016 budget is even on the floor for debate yet. We can wait for 2019 to reach the conclusion we can reasonably reach now. We made a mistake. PMB was unprepared. Baring a miracle, he will run is into the ground like he did in 83-85…

    • nnenne

      March 7, 2016 at 3:59 am

      @debby dips… You don’t have to explain anything. A look at Buhari’s ministers says it all. Those who have eyes will continue to see. Those who don’t have eyes, well….
      Fore sighted people warned voters but they refused to listen.
      BTW, who runs most bureau de change ( black market exchange) in Nigeria?
      Buhari’s brothers!
      You wonder why there is so much margin between the banks and black market.
      It is called pay back, otherwise he would have scrapped the parallel market.

      As for those comparing GEJ to Buhari, wait for your answer in less than four years time. In the mean time, Buhari is still ridding on GEJ’ left over ideas.

  11. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    March 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    LMAO. This man ain’t got no chill. Haha. He’s saying the truth sha. The country is a mess right now so na to begin adjust expectations. Some of us wey dey do online masters don begin take leave of absense until we can study again at the current exchange rate.

    The annoying thing sef is that more Nigerians are still applying to study overseas and will increase the burden on the small dollars wey we get so what are we saying.

    Poor people don dey cry for this country since and now “rich” people are affected we wan begin act like say na today the suffer start.

    Some folks including the president PROBABLY prepared for this mess so they can still afford to send their kids abroad. I can only fault the man if he’s easily accessing forex for his kids education from CBN. *we no go ever know that one sha*

  12. chikala

    March 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I hope Mr President learns from this, it goes to show u that the world is watching u. U see how well informed the lady was…fearless with direct questions, quoting facts about our budget and all. Our naija journalists shud take a cue from that. Buhari needs to wake up, he’s still living in the military era and needs to know Nigeria is now in ‘democrazy’ so he has to step up and stop blaming every single thing on the past govt. Agreed that the past regime didn’t do well but he was well aware of the before sitting on that chair. Imagine his comment abt parents who can’t pay the fees of their kids abroad! It’s high time we make our leaders accountable or else we’ll go nowhere. May God see us thru and give us the wisdom and courage to do the right thing.

  13. CJ

    March 6, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    This is disappointing in some respects. How can you welcome the idea of dialogue with a murderous group like Boko Haram, and refuse to even entertain such thoughts against largely peaceful IPOB? I’m not in support of any militant group, but this reeks of bias. Again, you should not dampen expectations regarding defeating Boko Haram. Your promise was to defeat them by Dec 2015, not to reduce them to being able to attack soft targets only.

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 7, 2016 at 1:20 am

      Is Boko Haram still claiming part of our territory? Tell IPOB to be sensible and change from secession to devolution then we’ll talk.

      Besides all this talk of dialogue is for the human rights doves, meanwhile the army is doing the talking with bullets.

    • nnenne

      March 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      @ElessarisElendil, “Meanwhile the army is doing the talking with bullets.” …That my friend, is Buhari’s definition of democracy!
      SAD.

    • sai baba loooool!

      March 10, 2016 at 8:16 am

      lmao! you can always tell the bigots, keep showing your sad self, clear ya mind boo, all that hate and vitriol for people who dun give a shit about you is bad for ur health and state of mind.

    • sai baba loooool!

      March 10, 2016 at 8:17 am

      I mean you eless whatever just in case that wasn’t clear enough. enjoy that cold, poisonous haterade.

    • sai baba loooool!

      March 10, 2016 at 8:14 am

      nwa nne, are you listening to him? when it comes to Igbo ppl, everybody eye and ear dey block, humanity dey fly comot window. “we will not tolerate Biafra”, no pity or remorse for what we suffered, no day of remembrance or monument for that. mean while we have been peaceful, but bh deserves dialogue, hahaha, even see d comment of the eless whatever person below you, that’s how you know inconsiderate bigots. I don’t kow why ppl are surprised to be very honest. I blame many of our parents and elders who shunned our culture, who didn’t teach us about what our fathers and mothers went through, who are afraid to talk about what has happened and is happening to our ppl for fear of stirring the pot, notwithstanding that we are one of the greatest, ingenious, creative, brilliant, hardworking people on earth, now the result is youths shunning their culture for others. but him and his fellow bigots should know this, the world is watching and most Igbo youths I know including me are aware, we’re custodians and have serious plans to restore our pride in ourselves and our betterment and even the devil cannot stop us maka na oji ofo ga na aga and Chi Ndigbo mu anya, o so anyi na azu.

  14. Ayoka

    March 6, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    So says the man who doesn’t care that his fulani brothers are doing worse things than Boko Haram

  15. Hanne

    March 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Nigerians !!! When are we going to sacrifice to better Nigeria as a whole?? When?? When ?? The country is in a effing MESS! and if we continue to patch patch one day there will be no Nigeria.
    I am ready to suffer this harsh climate if I know my children will be better off in the future. I want a country where there will be no need for kids to go to school abroad.
    I am ready for free money not to be flying around into my pocket because they have eliminated corruption and doing business and government work in Nigeria becomes normal.
    I am ready for temporary elevation of the price of power if at the end of the day we have total power supply in the country in the future
    The only issue is that will I be guaranteed all these after the suffering?
    That’s the question we need to ask our leaders and if we have faith that things can get better

  16. Toto

    March 6, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Very disappointing interview

  17. Ada Ada

    March 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I find it funny when people say that Buhari is a disappointment. This is who he was, is and will always be; a stubborn man. The Buhari that came into power as a military president is the same phenomenon that has been voted into power as a democratic ruler. He is a very proud and stubborn man. His refusal to participate in the presidential debate during the election campaigns is an insight to the kind of president he was going to be. We just have to deal with who he is and lend our support to his government.
    Things don’t get better until it gets worse. Maybe just maybe everything will be fine. Let’s keep hope alive.

  18. Gold

    March 6, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Buhari was a huge mistake! I can now clearly see that!

    • Mohammed

      March 7, 2016 at 3:57 am

      Were you even a prefect during your school days if you ever attended any?

  19. timisola

    March 6, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I’m not disappointed at all,I totally agree with him,he is been frank and honest,the more we invest in our country the better,let’s not be deceived by ourselves Buhari is working and if we patiently follow him,Nigeria will get better cos this man is taking drastic slow moves that is and will affect every single person.

    • Nigerian

      March 7, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      If at some point he said “we are monitoring the situation closely and making decisions based on the current reality. At whatever point we need to make changes to our policy we remain committed to doing so” I would agree with you. But his tone, body language and being is vehement. That’s not governance. Governance is about looking after your citizen. As well as being seen to look after them. The infrastructure we need to grow the naira simply doesn’t exist in Nigeria right now which means that even the middle class don’t stand a chance.

  20. Frosh

    March 6, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    it is very very saddening to listen to a president speak with such nonchalance towards his citizens, i read the book “the Vision” by the Leader of Dubai and what struck me the most was the overwhelming love the Leader Sheikh Al-Makhtoum and his fathers before himself had for their nation and their people seeing themselves as one with their people and not as an entity separate from their people… news flash ; BUHARI DOES NOT SEE HIMSELF AS ONE OF US!!

    The closest we have gotten to leaders who actually CARED for the WELL-BEING of their citizens was GEJ (even though he was a sheep surrounded by wolves) and YAKUBU GOWON, these were men who did UNCOMMON things to protect the lives and properties of their citizens and whether we accept it or not these are the qualities that make a TRUE LEADER, SELFLESSNESS, SOLIDARITY, SACRIFICE, FOR THE GREATER GOOD.

    I have tried over and over again to see beyond this man’s agenda and believe he has something good in store for this nation but over and over again he falls hand!!! As a leader you said “this is the situation we find ourselves” yet your own kids are still in those schools, why not lead by example for a change, since you claim to be such a pious and upright man, and be the FIRST to withdraw your children from those foreign universities, if you feel the standards are too low, then start working tirelessly to raise the educational system while doing something to cushion the fall of others in foreign schools as well, let your change begin from there not sitting on your high horse and saying those who can afford it should go ahead and pay while those who cant can get fucked in the ass COS YOU DON”T GIVE A SHIT!!! that’s the basic layman interpretation of what you said, Mr President, habaaaaaa!!! in your 16 years of campaigning didn’t you learn a thing or two, oh how can i forget, no time to learn anything as you were just blinded by the ambition to get here JUST to prove a point..You have proved it, Well done Sir, your ignorance is on steroids.

    I live for the day that Nigeria will have a president that sees beyond religion and tribe and sees human beings, living, breathing, flesh blood and bones like himself or herself and has compassion for the people not because of the god they bow to but because they are HUMAN BEINGS just like him or her….

    may we all live to see that day, only then will our country be truly great again….

    LONG LIVE NIGERIA

    • Frosh

      March 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      im sorry for the epistle guys, i was just too amazed!

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 7, 2016 at 1:23 am

      “since you claim to be such a pious and upright man, and be the FIRST to withdraw your children from those foreign universities, ”

      But But, he can afford it…………….our intrepid journalists should now investigate to see if he’s using below the official rates or even better not using his own money. BTW the pious and upright thing was more his supporters, man personally never claimed anything other than hating corruption.

    • just bored

      March 7, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Did you expect Sheikh Al-Makhtoum to portray himself or family otherwise? I read the same book.. Perhaps you should speak to the locals in Dubai on the reality of life? I would say it is modern day slavery. How can one family control EVERYTHING in a nation? We as a nation need to do away with shying away from the truth. So him being honest means he has no love for the country he governs?

  21. Oh Naija!!

    March 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    It is easy to criticize. Please let us know how you would have effectively addressed and resolved all the issues raised in nine months if you were Mr President. Make positive comments, find a way to route your suggestions and possible solutions to Aso Rock or the relevant authorities or forever hold your peace. This negativity being spewed from behind your desktops and gadgets is not helping. If you. As a Nigerian, what are you doing in your space to move us forward? What contribution have you made in your community in the last nine months??

    • Mohammed

      March 7, 2016 at 3:55 am

      Please tell them…the critics, “IT BEGINS WITH YOU” if you show effort, you will make mr president’s work pay off…stop the critics,up the efforts to make a better Nigeria!

  22. Royal hottie

    March 6, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Someone should remind him of all his promises during his campaign. I feel he is #confused

  23. Someone Naughty

    March 6, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    And there you have it Nigeria, the man you voted in as president.

    These comments can never come as a surprise me. A man that referred to other contenders as mushroom parties; a man that clearly stated that he does not care for those who didn’t vote for him.

    This man has shown his true self over and over again and we keep hoping for a good man. He is not kind, he is not considerate and he considers himself better than all other Nigerians.

    I always asked what is the different thing Buhari was offering in 2015 that he did not offer all other times he ran for the presidency and lost. All I saw was a desperate man that chanced upon a desperate nation and here we are today. Nigeria, this is the change you voted for.

  24. bess

    March 6, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    overtly sentimental Nigerians who uses their ass to think… see where u lots v taken us….Common sense isnt common to the Nigerians who voted this man. Imagine his responses!..I swear that woman had to end the interview before that man change am for am there…lol..Communication skill so zeroooooo

  25. mabel

    March 7, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I remember when a commenter on this same blog made a comment that rich parents should stop disturbing nigeria jor, tha they should bring their kids back home if the present rate is giving them headache. Come and see abuse from all sides both home and abroad. Both pmb and Gej supporters cyber killed the guy. Now that they have heard it from their lord and master see silence every where. Oya, oga buhari said he can afford the rate o from the salary you are paying him o. If you can’t afford the rate sharply withdraw and bring back. If it’s to do jamb, it is now 2k5. But don’t worry Nigerian schools will accept former abroad students. Country no matter. Pmb see your life.

  26. ElessarisElendil

    March 7, 2016 at 1:27 am

    “Those who can afford it, can still afford it. But for those who can’t,” Oshe!???????

    “They see me rollin
    They hatin”

    This is the part where our intrepid opposition in the house, especially common senseTM use his words to trap him, pass a bill preventing public officials from getting allocated forex since to quote him “Nigeria cannot afford to allocate foreign exchange for those who decided to train their children outside the country. We can’t just afford it”.

    This ought to be fun.

  27. ElessarisElendil

    March 7, 2016 at 2:26 am

    Some people tend to forget what OPEC did for us, took Oil from $20 to $34 being regarded as abnormal. I understand his loyalty.

    I wonder ohh………Who voted in IMF. Same IMF told Korea not start up their steel industry.

    If local entrepenuers imported their goods via a devalued currency, they would pass the costs down to the consumer who won’t be able to afford it anyways.

    Eventually, high costs will drive the black markets cost down. There is only so much disposable cash in the system.

    A better answer ought to have been even with a devalued currency some would not be able to afford it. Its not tone deaf, we can’t back our currency.

    His point on sabotage stands though, it is well known, its what the LDP has used to hold onto power.

    Baba should have read the budget sha, less than 1200 pages. Nothing dey there.

    Should have been the judiciary for slowness, he’s sent the case to the court for judgement.

    Bullshit, we’re part of it because you’re Sunni, everybody knows some Sauds are terrorist sponsors, should have stuck with a Nigerian led task-force.

    BTW aren’t Qataris funding rebels in Libya?

    How can “I change the religious identity of Nigeria”: The amount of people that believe religion can be changed by decree will shock you.

    Nigerian territory is non-negotiable. Are you people insane, take a look at our geographic map. We’re all dependent on each other.

    Pretty much more of the same, if you weren’t biased already he didn’t say anything untrue or mind blowing. Should not have wasted my 26 minutes.

  28. Iseeubaby

    March 7, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Elessaris. … I see you, I see what your doing continue running all over people’s comments in a subtle defence of your guy, atleast you do turn up, can’t say the same for Ada Nnewi..but while we wait for the ‘intrepid journalisy and opposition especially the common sense man’ allow people wail in peace afterall it didn’t take these two to bring liberty to Ese but the voice of wiles. And yes the common sense man has been talking, what have u done with his speech as he recently spoke about the government importing grass.

    • Iseeubaby

      March 7, 2016 at 2:52 am

      *voice of wailers

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 7, 2016 at 4:02 am

      Ehm, I see you too. On the contrary, I not defending anybody, merely having fun. I think I’ve been fair and balanced. As my general comments on political issues ought to show, I’m not a democrat, so unlike most here I’m not emotionally invested in the process.

      If you feel I haven’t been fair or made a comment you think is wrong, indicate and I’ll defend my position. Still doesn’t change the facts.

      1. The global economy generally is in a downturn, OPEC is keeping prices low to drive out shale producers. So the main question here is, what happened to our reserves. The Sauds built a new country from the desert, they’re not complaining, ditto the Qataris etc. So where is our own, do you see a sparkling country I’m not seeing. That question only leads in one direction and its not PMB.

      2. His comments on forex allocations is a trap that can used against him by the house by removing him from official rates allocation, if he can afford black market rates, begrudging him that does no good.

      3. I think IPOB and Boko Haram are both traitors, sorry. I believe they’re both cut from the same cloth of short-sighted reactionary idiots that simply refuse to stop haunting Africa.

      4. Leaving OPEC won’t solve anything.

      5. Education is an investment game, it makes no sense to blame solely government. When the schools were good, certain people went there, benefited and became successful, rather than doing what alumni of the schools they’re rushing to did and endow their alma mater. They left it to rot because blaming government is easy. Harvard alumni account for $37.6bn of its funds, in addition to sending their children there.

      I simply share my views, depending on the person’s bias that day, it may seem I’m attacking or defending. “I belong to everybody, I belong to nobody”???Never got the hype behind that TBH, seems like an awful life.

    • Wali

      March 7, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Belong to yourself ode! U are high on.something for putting ipob and bokoharam in the same sentence. Pls tell me how ipob is a treat to you..people asking for freedom in the most peaceful way.get yourself a brain.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      March 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

      You are my hero! I love unbiased analysis that sees things from both sides. Well said, well written, well articulated.

    • sai baba loool!

      March 10, 2016 at 8:23 am

      eless boo, ya daddy and mummy were cut from the same cloth as book haram ^ . ^

    • smh for dis country

      March 10, 2016 at 8:21 am

      so u noticed his not so disguised support for that man along with his general inconsideration too. leave him jare, u know what dey say abt empty vessels.

  29. Mohammed

    March 7, 2016 at 3:49 am

    To those of you who said president buhari is a dissapointment, you clearly do not understand what it takes to govern a country like Nigeria…if you were attentive during the interview, you would have known that everything mr president said is true..we cannot devalue the naira, the eradication of Boko haram is a gradual process that will be actualized, Biafra will not be tolerated because we all know that it is a selfish move by some corrupted/brain-washed eastern youths, strangulation of the economy is a necessity at this point because discipline they say brings about good moral behavior and improvement in financial standings…..and president buhari is not going to islamatize Nigeria…God bless Nigeria, God bless the president..Thank you

    • sai baba loool!

      March 10, 2016 at 8:28 am

      lmao, i meeean, of course YOU would support your brother, violent bunch. after squatting to piss i hope you washed that stinking hand. your ppl have been funding bh on the low bcos you don’t actually give a shit about this country, allow us to be brain washed we don’t want to share a country with you and your people dragging the country behind.

  30. Love

    March 7, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Everyday Nigerians import everything from toothpick to rice pmb keep saying. Stop traveling nd give dat money to the farmers to start farming.

  31. Finally!Finally

    March 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

    At this time Nigeria does not need Kids glove, we need to face reality, some pple comments are just myopic. As far sometin good comes out am in support.

  32. Wali

    March 7, 2016 at 8:37 am

    How can a country progress when a bigot is head of state. Seems we’ve taken a thousand steps backwards.

    • i wonder my dear

      March 10, 2016 at 8:31 am

      i honestly just wonder, nigerians are still sleeping, this man is so bigoted and doesn’t care, our own is to be saying we have hope we have hope, God will help us, long live nigeria. instead of us to stand with a collective voice and say enough is enough, this man never start, and some ppl are still supporting him, sick.

  33. manvis

    March 7, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    On the issue of forex Fr nigerian students abroad, the president is right in his response, a bit coarse but right none the less

  34. BUNMI

    March 7, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Me am just soooo TIRED. At this point am praying for a miracle (&secretly fantasising that we would have some super hero like batman or d avenger to come & clean things)

  35. boluji

    March 7, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    i stand with a lot of what he said, we seem to think only for ourselves and not the whole country as a whole, which is where I think he is coming from, why should he care about the discomfort of a certain few when it could benefit the economy of Nigeria in the long run. I feel like people who say that they are disappointed don’t seem to understand economic policy, it doesn’t work to be roses for every one some will have to get pricked. yes its a hard pill o swallow but if times are hard and you cant afford it bring your kids back to Nigeria let them study here are we saying that people who study in Nigeria cant make it??? work hard, a lot of people are sending kids abroad to low rated universities just to say that they had foreign education. if he’s able to afford it good on him.

  36. Olori

    March 7, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    PMB, I just want to know one thing. Do you get your exchange rate as CBN or Black Market because the way nonsense is spewing from your mouth blows me. Why don’t you lead my example and put your kids in Universities in Nigeria? So basically your kids are better than us abroad? You’re talking like Universities in Nigeria are so great honestly when you know they aren’t. Please fix up Bc 2019 go knock soon.

  37. Truth be told

    March 7, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Most BNers belong to the high class/privileged class and only disappointed at the policy that will benefit Nigeria as a whole. Many parents are not seeing money to steal again like b4 and it is taking a toll on their children, some of whom are here dropping comments

    Most of you and your parents are capitalists who only derive joy in exploiting others. Majority of the so called rich today (who can afford to send their kids abroad) benefited from the crooked system to enrich themselves.

    Corruption is so deep that most who send their kids abroad wouldn’t have done that in a sane system. If you can afford to send your kids abroad, buy dollars @ 350/400. If you cant, find a good school in Nigeria, private or something and put them there. Many schools here have foreign curriculum.

    A few cant be enjoying at the expense of millions

    #Nigeriamustbegoodagain

    • Olori

      March 7, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Pls remember that not everyone’s parents are thieves and make clean money. So what should they do?

    • naky

      March 8, 2016 at 2:02 am

      You r on point, education is not something we should joke with. We all know that the quality of our education is bad just like infrastructure too. I have seen people save money for years to get education abroad because it pays. The answer to that school abroad shouldnt have been “if you can afford black market”. He should have just said something is being done to resolve that. We need to train our leaders on effective public speaking. GMB should withdraw his children from schooling abroad to assure Nigerias that our educational system is worth it. And he should stop patronizing black market or where does he get his forex or is it from CBN that he has stopped? We need to know how he got the forex.

    • kyloren

      March 8, 2016 at 2:13 am

      you are the biggest fool on earth no jokes. Your straw-man argument only shows how intellectually bankrupt you are. You are not worth the energy i’m expending typing this reply. This mentality of yours is the reason why you can never be successful in this life no matter how hard you work. You are an envious and bitter soul. SMH what a loser!

  38. Ekito

    March 8, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I believe in the Nigerian dream our founding fathers had in the context of our national anthem, I also believe that the present government won’t do any better than their predecessors but we will make more sense if we all can tell ourselves the truth for once and leave tribalistic politics. We all saw the incompetence of GMB before we voted him to power, we all knew APC was a white washed cepulcher of hypocrites who were no more benefiting from the PDP led government and it was all the calumnies during the election were half truths made absolute by sponsored propaganda. We all knew “corruption” was institutionalized in the system before GEJ came and though he did nothing to change it, Nigeria would still have fared better if he was allowed to complete the few prospective projects he started. We all know the present government would do nothing to end this corruption because those who stole the most in the last administration are the people in inner caucus of the present government. We all know the change Mantra was about ensuring the resources of the nation remained in the hands of same people who had been ruling and running the nation as their private companies when Obasanjo tore his PDP card because his wishes were not the command of the day. So instead of fighting ourselves in the media , let us all determine in our hearts to work hard to build a future for the Nigeria of tomorrow. I think we can make a difference if we believe in the words of our anthem and do our bits to hand over that ideology to the next generation because our fathers have failed us over and over again.

  39. MommaF

    March 9, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Nigeria is in a huge mess which cannot be salvaged in 9 months, talk less of 4 years (except God has mercy on us). Deterioration began since, say when? Abacha’s tenure? How can Baba change everything in nine months? Nigerians, be patient. Keep hope alive and trust the Almighty for the best!

  40. jdk aminu bello

    March 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    dear commentators Let be honest about the issue of Nigerians studied in abroad its illogical and senseless as leader to responded, Dear Mr. President I am honestly preparing you for a resounding defeat and humiliation in the upcoming election……….. so disappointed

  41. Fav

    March 10, 2016 at 1:36 am

    This is the same person dt said he doesnt have moni during campaign now in space of less dan a yr he is braging dt he can affort sending his children abroad. Well i am never suprised cos i knew he had notin to offer. Enjoy d change niaja. Una nver see anytin yet

  42. Agi

    March 10, 2016 at 7:30 am

    How many medical schools in Nigeria have full accreditation up to the final year! Many do not! A strategic government should in the least do a review of the courses/ programmes that are not readily available in its country and provide the needed FOREX for the students. The problem is that we have leaders who do not have any strategic programme for the progress of this country and who think only of themselves! Why would President Buhari’s children be good enough to attend schools abroad and other Nigerian children be inferior!

  43. Agi

    March 10, 2016 at 7:47 am

    How can you compare Boko Haram with Biafra agitators?!!! Boko Haram has killed thousands of innocent citizens for mainbly a RELIGIOUS ideology. Biafra agitators are unhappy with their continued stay in Nigeria and are PEACEFULLY asking to be on their own and the Nigerian government led by PMB is killing them during their peaceful walks . Please do not offend our sensibilities with your highly misguided comparison.

    • sai baba loool!

      March 10, 2016 at 8:42 am

      so ro m juo nwannem. heartless bastard, him and his kind, that is why this country will never know peace, when their citizens are being killed unjustly even when they are protesting people, when their citizens are not happy and yet they go on to neglect their voice more. a house divided against itself can never ever stand, as long as some ppl are crying to God in pain and tears He will answer and i can see it happening. as long as this country is in disarray ethnically, this country will have problems and no be curse na common sense because its when ppl share a common national identity that they can move a country forward. let dem well done, we go see as dis country go turn out.

  44. kwazu philip

    March 10, 2016 at 9:48 am

    CLAP!CLAP!CLAP! i have gone from scared to laughing over the space of a few hours. who didn’t see this coming? i did. The man lied during election about his status, his account statement,BH and education, unemployment the list is endless and growing. despot cannot be president but it’s only in africa it’s happens. speaking of what ever comments we make about our public officials might soon be illegal that’s CHANGE. Here’s question there were move than two candidates for president does anyone know the fourth and fifth candidates now am sure that by 2019 we would still what to vote and think that the main opposition is the answer WRONG!!! again we need people we can hold accountable for their actions not these people ( and i say that with so much hate for them) why can’t we have a national debate during our elections and if you want it then no one should vote for you, that’s change PMB but don’t blame him blame him blame us yes we the people of this great country nigeria ( and i say that in a laughing yet pessimistic voice don’t claim we didn’t know cause we did

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