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Buhari’s Visit Could Attract Socio-Economic Reliefs – Abdullahi

Posted: Jul 26, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Arc. Kabiru Abdullahi was the former Vice-Chairman, Agege Local Government Area, and leader of Arewa Community in South-West. In this interview with AUGUSTINE ADAH, he speaks on what the country may derive from the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the U.S.



Do you think Nigeria would benefit from the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the US?

I believe Nigeria would benefit a lot from the visit because America being the leader of democracy in the world, and a good ally of our country, there is no way Nigeria would not benefit from the recent visit of Mr. President to the country. I also believe that America has a lot of assistance to render in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.  But the assistance would not come in such a way that we expect them to come here and take arms and begin to fight members of Boko Haram insurgency.  The type of help we need from America can come in form of technical supports and sale of arms and ammunition that would aid the fight against insurgency.

The country has been under insurgency for a long time, our people in the North-East have been suffering with a lot of lives lost, and the economy of most states in the region destroyed by the activities of Boko Haram. It would be a welcome relief if the government can do anything to bring the insurgency to an end. In the past, America has blocked all efforts by the past government to procure arms and ammunitions for that purpose.

I believe with the new government and visit of President Buhari things would change for better. In addition to fighting Boko Haram insurgency, I believe the visit would translate into other positive things for the country that would benefit the larger populations of the country.  America has a lot of assistance they could offer to the country at this time. It is not Boko Haram challenge that we are facing in the country, the economy needs revitalization and the visit would improve trade relations and other things.  But that does not mean we must fold our hands and wait for their help only.

We all are stakeholders in the re-building of the country because what America can do is only assistance to complement our own effort. President   Buhari has taken a good initiative by his visit to America and I believe the response he got from the country is very encouraging which would help in the task of governance.  The visit would stimulate the policies of the new government as Mr. President settles down for the job a head.  So, what I am saying in essence is that the visit is beneficial to the country, though it may not come in the next few days as some may expect it to be.