For the first time in more than three months, Muhammadu Buhari addressed his compatriots from his country, Nigeria. In a speech to the nation broadcast on national television, the head of state thanked Nigerians for their “prayers”, called for unity and reaffirmed his willingness to fight terrorism. Not a word, however, about his state of health.
It is a brief and concise speech that delivered on Monday, August 21 a president Muhammadu Buhari with the voice insured. During the 3 min 30 that lasted his televised speech, the Nigerian president even had many eyes out of camera of the camera.
For this first address to the Nigerians since his return from London, after more than one hundred days of absence from the country, Saturday, August 19, Muhammadu Buhari has offered a speech to the extent of his current physical capabilities.
He simply thanked the Nigerians for their prayers and made no revelation or even any reference to his real state of health.
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The allocation was short and was mostly marked by security issues. The Nigerian president reaffirmed his “declaration of war on crime and terrorism”. He also reaffirmed his willingness to put Boko Haram out of harm’s way.
The Nigerian head of state also said the unity of the federation was “not negotiable”. He insisted: he does not intend to discuss a possible emancipation of certain states, as the pro-Biafarian movements wish.
Muhammadu Buhari also did not mention the division of roles between the vice-president and himself. At the end of this speech, it is not known whether he will fully take over power, as the Nigerian Constitution allows him, or whether he will delegate some of his powers to his second, Yemi Osinbajo.
During the absence of Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian vice-president had succeeded in reviving the oil production, negotiating a truce still active with the rebel groups in the Niger Delta.
Muhammadu Buhari then officially takes the helm in Abuja. Nevertheless, he could quickly specify how he intends to take it back exactly
2/ 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.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) August 21, 2017