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Beg militants to stop attacks, Buhari urges APC leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday charged leaders of the All Progressives Congress who have friends among militants blowing installations in the Niger Delta to plead with them to sheathe their swords.

He said the way the militants had been deploying technology to attack installations showed that the country was faced with a national problem.
Buhari spoke while breaking the Ramadan fast with leaders of the ruling APC at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“For those of you who have friends either among the leadership or among the militants themselves, please beg them in the name of God Almighty to take it easy. We need to stabilise the economy to create employment,” the President appealed to his guests.
Buhari said the technology the militants used to go deep into the waters and blow installations could not be described as small.
He said it was unfortunate that all these were happening at a time when the country was clamouring for more investments.
He said while no insurance company would be willing to insure installations that could later be blown up, banks too would not agree to finance such installations.
The President admitted that the nation was facing tough time economically and security wise.

He said he agonised over the situation in the country every time.
“We are in a very difficult time. It is particularly bad. We have to organise ourselves and our constituencies. Tell them we are all in this together,” the President said.

Buhari also promised that his administration would ensure that votes count in the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.

He said he would ensure that Nigerians resident in the states are happy that their votes count at the end of the elections.

While congratulating the party leadership on the success of the APC governorship primary in Edo State, the President said the exercise gave him hope.

He said the success was no mean achievement coming after the ugly incident in Rivers State where people were killed and maimed.

Earlier, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, told the President that the party was pleased with what he had accomplished so far and the strong leadership he had given the country.

While admitting that the nation was going through tough and difficult time with multitude of challenges, Odigie-Oyegun said change “does not come cheap or easily.”

He said, “Any meaningful development requires strong and determined leader. Things must change. Those things don’t come easily. Nigeria is clearly a difficult nation to govern.”
Apart from the party chairman, other party leaders who attended the event included former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar,; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Na’ Abba; the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), Segun Oni; and former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva among others.

A national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was absent.

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