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What President Buhari said to Nigerians in his Monday Broadcast



Here’s President Muhammadu Buhari broadcast to the nation delivered Monday, August 21, 2017, two days after his return to Nigeria following his medical vacation in London.


AUGUST 21, 2017.

My dear citizens,

1. I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

2. In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.

3. In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

4. Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.

5. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

6. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.

7. This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.

8. The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.

9. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.

10. Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.

11. Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.

12. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against:

· elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets

· kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,

· in addition to ethnic violence fueled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.

13. Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of:

· economic security,

· political evolution and integration

· as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

14. I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.

15. Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.

Watch the broadcast below:


  1. nene+

    August 21, 2017 at 8:48 am

    You were abreast of all that happened in Nigeria while you were away and you kept silent until your doctor gave you a go ahead to return to your home soil to make this speech?

    I predicted you where coming for Kanu and indeed you did…casually mentioning herdsmen who killed scores whilst Kanu killed none?

    Followers judge for thy selves if this man is a good somebody first of all……

    • godwin

      August 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Nnamdi Kanu is the greatest issue facing Nigeria at the moment and must be tackled. Abu kwa m nwa afo Igbo. Nnamdi na acho ogu mana ogu su,oga agba oso ka Ojukwu.

    • FasholasLover

      August 21, 2017 at 10:17 am

      This has to be a joke right? I said it before the only thing Buhari has the capacity for right now is sleep. This greedy and self serving man should resign and go home. This is so freaking surreal that in 2017, Nigerians can be so locked down by a bunch of jokers and life goes on as normal. Nigerian Politicians are an evil breed. That nobody of note in APC has come out to openly condemn this show of shame is mind boggling. So, Buhari can speak and yet refused to talk to the nation all this while? I tire.

    • Buhari But Nd Ojor

      August 21, 2017 at 10:27 am

      The question is, is uncle back to work or to just make this six minutes speech and go back to continue seeking asylum in the UK?

    • Diamond

      August 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      @ Godwin
      You are a terrible student of history, or you don’t know everything else but Ojukwu’s exile.

      Ojukwu never instigated the war. As a matter of fact, Ojukwu advised against and told them the consequences of secession, but Ndigbo insisted because the pogroms persisted. And it was understandable, Igbos hands were tied. They couldn’t have done differently then.

      Ojukwu going on exile was wise.. very wise. Did you expect him to stay back and be killed cheaply like Ghaddafi? If Ojukwu was killed, the federal government would have twisted history to their favour. I am happy he lived to tell his own story himself.

      Even now, the victors have continued to attempt to change the narrative. They would have preferred Ojukwu died, so they can rewrite history as it suits them but they failed. And the problems for which that war was fought have not been resolved till date because our country is not a genuine one.

      Buhari should allow Ojukwu rest in peace. Or he can go join Ojukwu over there if he so enjoyed their discussion. I find it deceptive to mention late Ojukwu just to curry support, while doing nothing to assuage the grievances and correct the political imbalances. So Ojukwu visited Buhari, but he still sidelined Igbos in his political appointments aka 97 to 5%. I’m yet to see a human as vindictive as Buhari.

    • ND babe

      August 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      LOL – who negotiated the settlement referenced in this sentence “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable.” This is not how to talk to people who cannot see their place in the current structure because of the numerous isms at play. Tough talk no dey work any more. Check out what is happening with BH and other crazy groups. It is time for the country to negotiate terms with actual citizens. Not with one man showing up at your bunker in Daura. That man was not as hungry as some of the people you will have to deal with today. In fact, he could afford the most beautiful woman as a wife and he was well fed. His father was a pioneer millionaire. Please dont fall my hand oh, Buhari. The country is in tatters because of disenfranchisement. Dont let the sore fester. Be a master healer. Address the root causes of the instability in the country using equity in voice tactics. You will have to negotiate peace with the numerous starved and aggrieved people. It can be done. This means you will have to present them with a clear vision of tomorrow that includes them, and that they can identify with, approve and believe in. Please dont recruit those sleepy old time thieves that always show up when there is a national conference? You need to be talking with Johnny Waka. Johnny Waka right now is vulnerable to false and incendiary doctrines and HATES/LOATHES/DESPISES those kinds that always get nominated to participate in national debates about the future of the country. Why? Bbecause those people are emblematic of what went wrong with his purse. You can do it!!! So, do it!

  2. nnenne

    August 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Good morning my president.
    By now, I thought you should have known that Igbo people are naturally democratic and liberal!
    Yes, they love Ojukwu but every Igboman/ woman have a mind of their own.
    Ojukwu, therefore don’t speak for all of them.

    Kanu so far, is non violent.

    Non of his followers is forced to be with/ or believe him.

    Don’t you think, it’s worth it to find out and CORRECT the reason why all these people follow Kanu.

    Remember that Kanu is not the first to agitate.

    Why not correct issues instead of clamping down on citizens ,who apparently have legitimate issues that need to be addressed?

    Is Nigeria still democratic?

    • Ottawa Queen

      August 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Because Kanu is not violent now doesn’t mean he can’t direct orders to instigate violence later, as to achieve his mission. You think his newly formed force group/soldiers/army are caricatures for display? My dear open ur eyes! Kanu has repeatedly said Biafra is no joke and he’s ready to die to see Biafra happen. How would that come to be? You think it’s by him just smiling and waving hands upandan? Right now Nigeria needs unity and not division or ethnic wars. Y’all supporting Biafra, when the war begins and you see people being killed and blood shed across the nation, y’all will run back to social media to condemn the act and point fingers. Nigeria has suffered enough! The least we expect to face right now is war. Allow the govt tackle this issue in their own way.

    • Chu

      August 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      I think what Nnenne is saying is that he should make an attempt to persuade the people, get their minds to accept what he is saying show them them how disadvantageous it would be to them to pursue violence, and not just issue directives and expect to be obeyed. I see sense in what she says, not that she is saying that it can’t get violent but it can be salvaged better now.

    • Diamond

      August 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      @Ottawa Queen
      Why not address the issues causing these agitations, instead of threatening people with war to scare and silence them while Buhari and his brothers continue to benefit unjustly from the status quo? For how long will this greedy tactics work for the North? So long as the issues are not resolved, the problems persists even though you use threats to suppress them.

      If not for Niger delta oil that is the basis for Nigeria unity, the North will not be drumming this their our unity is non-negotiable.


    August 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Noted………..>>>..…..Moving your home or office? Let us help you pack!

    • Chinma

      August 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Go to arewaland. Plenty business dey there now. If you have the capacity you can make millions before October 1st 2017!

  4. Bowl

    August 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    And you foolishly think we will believe you and the rest of Nigeria that we are united. Your brain cells are tired go and rest sir

  5. Diamond

    August 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Buhari and the North should stop threatening Igbos with war. This is not 1967. If the core North start war with Igbos again, they will fight their battles themselves. Every tribe has learnt their lessons, no tribe will fight and die for Hausa fulani to continue to reap and dominate unjustly.

    If that war they always threaten about ever comes, it will be to your tent oh Israel for the rest of Nigeria. Resolve issues and stop threatening people. Enough is enough!

  6. Ezekiel

    August 21, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    You are welcome home Mr President. I’m highly glad that you made it to cheat death eventually. Your enemies try all they could so that your corpse would be brought home but God disappointed them all. Forget about cheap popularity that gullible FFK, fayose and omokri were looking for for calling you names. Their stupid comments can not stop you or your government in taken us from where we are right now to where we want to be economically. I totally believe in you and your government for total turn around for a common man just like me. I’m very sure that you shall deliver us from wickedness of corrupted politicians. Recieve your total healing in Jesus name. Amen


      August 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Pls, the last time your mother was ill which hospital did you take her to? Thunder fire you if you went private. From experience, people like you are very poor and hungry yet, you keep hailing those who keep you down. What kind of slave mentality is this Ezekiel?

  7. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    August 21, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.

    Unfortunately most agitators are blind to this fact!

  8. ND babe

    August 21, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Bella Naija carefully edited and failed to post my comment. Did I speak truth that your screeners at Aso Rock could not handle? And we talk about free press. Mtcheew

    • Udegbunam Chukwudi

      August 22, 2017 at 11:26 am

      I don’t think they do that. What I’ve noticed is that when I curse here, my comments goes straight to moderation until someone digs it out for approval.

  9. momotaro

    August 21, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Buhari should be thanking Nigerians for being light handed. After being away for over 100 days when our constitution states 90 days, no one impeached you. You still get mouth. Until you address the fulani herdsmen menace and apologize for your hate speech, I am not interested in anything you have to say. It’s not as if your presence will help the economy. Your children are flying to Paris and chopping life while their agemates are languishing for years looking for jobs, doing anything to make ends meet. Boko Haram members are busy getting amnesty and forgiveness when they haven’t faced justice. Fulani herds men are harrassing Nigerians and killing them in all the regions, ALL. Thunder faya bad people. Disgusting. Unity indeed.

  10. chinedu ogili

    August 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    welcome home, peace and love is all we need, not war please
    may God bless Nigerian

  11. nwa nna

    August 22, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Worse mistake any government can make is trying to fight ideology with force..
    We can see how that panned out with the ongoing boko fiasco, if PMB and his elks are really serious about the so called Nigerian union, like he so claims. How about your administration take another GOOD look at confederation arrangement instead of the current federation BS that has failed Nigerians woefully?
    Whomever wrote this speech for PMB really needs their heads checked for writing such crass nonsense and PMB for agreeing to read it to the nation.

  12. Igbonaju Gospel

    August 22, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Dear Nigerians, at a time like now, political sentiments, subjectivism and hate speeches are not needed as a solution to d predicament challenging d country in virtually all d sectors of which politics is at d centre of axis. But if we (individually and collectively) can repent from our crooked ways of life, seek God and pray to him, I strongly believe that God’s mercy will b shown us because he alone has d solution to our predicament. Ponder on this. GOOD MORNING.

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