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Buhari Not Silent On Fulani Herdsmen Attacks – Olusi

Posted: May 1, 2016 at 3:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Prince Tajudeen Olusi, a former member of the House of  Representatives was the  National  Vice- Chairman (South- West) of the defunct  Action  Congress of  Nigeria (ACN). He is currently the leader of the All  Progressives Congress (APC) in  Lagos  Central Senatorial  District. In this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, he speaks on several issues as it affects the country. Excerpts:

Almost a year since President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn-in, do you think he is giving Nigerians the change they voted for?

Certainly, Nigerians are getting the change. The change promised by APC is based on the concept of changing things for the better. To ensure that we discard bad habits, bad governance and corruption so that we can move forward as a nation. For example, the government has put in place an accounting system called the Treasury Single Account (TSA) where all incomes accruing to the federal government will go into one single account.  This has yielded tremendous results because it has ensured that fraud is being reduced and eliminated in the accounting system.  Also, a number of ghost workers, illegal workers have been discovered through this system. That to me is part of the change. The other change is to improve the image of Nigeria. Some foreign countries have described Nigeria as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. But the present government under President Muhammadu Buhari has waged a total war against corruption and he has received commendations from world leaders on this. As a result of this bold initiative, a number of countries like UK, US UAE have promised to offer us assistance in this area.  So, therefore the change that the APC has promised is being effected gradually and very soon, it will be manifested on a greater level across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

 Some Nigerians are worried by the foreign trips of the president which they have described as incessant. Do you also share that view?

Recently, there was a Town Hall meeting by five federal ministers and they were able to convince Nigerians on the trips of the president, especially on the latest one to China. They gave very valid reasons why the trip was necessary. One example is the issue of Boko Haram.  Boko Haram operates across West Africa. The target is Nigeria but they have bases in Chad, Niger and some other countries.  Through the visits, the president was able to have discussions with ouir neighbouring heads of state and they were able to cooperate with Nigeria. Today, we have eliminated the menace of Boko Haram.  The same also applies to foreign assistance with respect to commerce. The president visited China. You need to convince people if you require assistance. If you want to improve trade, there must be discussions between individuals, there must be joint discussions between nations. The president also visited Qatar where he went to discuss the issue of crude oil price which is the mainstay of our economy and we are beginning to see the effect with the rising price of crude oil. So, the foreign trips of the president are necessary. It is effective and it has been yielding positive results for the country.

What is your perspective on the president’s fight against corruption which some have described as selective?

Nothing is one-sided. In accordance with the laws of the land of our country, there are agencies that deal with corrupt practices, particularly the EFCC and ICPC. These agencies were inundated with petitions and they acted on these. That led to what we are witnessing today. We have seen people going to courts to give evidence against those who are being prosecuted. We have also heard that some of these indicted persons are returning looted funds. If anybody has looted the treasury, people should be bold enough to make cases against them. they should write petitions to the anti-graft agencies and copy the presidency.  Those who said the anti-corruption is one sided, is there any opposition party members that handled the money for the purchase of arms? Was there any opposition government that was allocated money illegally from the federal government? If they know such a person and they have evidence against him, they should come forward with it and then they can complain if any action is not taken by the government. I believe people are just saying that for the purpose of politics and propaganda.

 What solution can you proffer to the Fulani herdsmen crisis in the country?

I don’t believe that the president is silent on the issue. I think we need to understand the machinery of governance. We have security agencies such as police, civil defence, DSS and others including the army. Their responsibility is to ensure peace and orderliness in the society. These agencies are working. Only recently, the president gave an express order to all these agencies to deal decisively with those who are killing Nigerians needlessly.  On the issue of the Fulani herdsmen, there must be some destructive elements within the fold, you can’t eliminate that. Some criminals are roaming about under the guise of being Fulani herdsmen. But I believe that the government is up to the task and I am sure that the government is up to the task.

 What is your assessment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s performance?

The governor is doing well and Lagosians are praising him. As a leader of the party and one of the fathers of the governor, it won’t be fair for me to comment on his performance so as not be accused of being bias. But I am satisfied with his performances. We want him to continue his good works for the benefit of the generality of Lagosians. Lagosians too should show appreciation through the payment of their taxes and fulfilling of other civic responsibilities. They should also follow and obey all the laid down rules in the state.


Chief Osoba has always been a progressive. If he goes to a non-progressive organisation, he is going to be a strange bedfellow there. So, the alternative for him is to return to the right place. Chief Osoba is my very good friend and I am not surprised that he back to the progressive fold.  He assisted greatly in building the APC and also contributed immensely towards the restoration of democracy that we enjoy today.  So, I am glad that he is back and I believe his wealth of experience will come in handy in assisting APC to govern Nigeria.