A Group, Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his visit to Kaduna State in the midst of sectarian crisis which they described as a show of exemplary leadership.
The crisis in the state has claimed numerous lives and properties where curfew was declared in the affected areas by the state Governor, Nasir el’Rufai.
President Buhari had visited Kaduna where he met with political, traditional and religious leaders in an on-going effort to bring the life consuming mayhem to an end. He also read the riot act and seriously warned the trouble makers in that state and elsewhere in the country that his government would no longer tolerate such blood-letting.
In its reaction, the Buhari Media organization (BMO) in a statement on Thursday signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke commended the President for this unprecedented move and for showing that governance should, and can, have a human face.
The statement said: “This is the first time in the history of this Nation that a sitting President would visit a troubled spot right in the midst of crisis. This is exemplary leadership, a commendable display of governance with a human face. This is how we know a leader that cares”.
The group recall that this is a grand departure from what happened in a not too distant past adding; “We recall that in a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government headed by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as President, we were faced with a similar situation like Kaduna. But, rather than a solution with a human touch, bombs and missiles were deployed in Odi.
“PDP government descended on that poor village and completely wiped it out. This is the route that Buhari has decided not to take. And Buhari, a War General just like Olusegun Obasanjo, but the difference here is that while one General is a humanist, the other is nihilist. We believe that Nigerians are watching and taking due notice”.
The group also said that Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, former governor of Yobe State and three-time senator should quietly retire to his village rather than cry over spilt milk.
It also dismissed the former governor’s attempt at disowning comments attributed to him as an afterthought.
“Here is a man who is perhaps one of the biggest beneficiaries of the tsunami that trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 victory.
Aside being a Senator, his wife was appointed a Minister from the House of Representatives and has also secured a ticket to return to the National Assembly in 2019; but he is clearly bitter that he has been denied a return to the Senate as if Yobe State is a personal estate”.
The group noted that the North East that the Senator claimed the President has little chance of clinching in 2019 has benefitted a lot from the Buhari administration.