Buhari’s interview with France 24, speaks on Chibok girls, negotiating with Boko Haram, his yet to be named ministers

President Buhari who is currently in France
had an interview with France 24 today
where he spoke on issues bordering on Boko
Haram, missing Chibok girls, his yet to be
released Ministerial list and the benefits of
Democracy. On the rescue of the Chibok
girls, he said;
“Our main concern now is how can we
recover the Chibok girls. In what
condition are they in? We are occupied
with that decision and at this stage it
has to be kept confidential because we
are not sure of the genuine leadership
of Boko Haram that we can negotiate
with to get those girls released.
Negotiation is becoming quite difficult
because we have to first identify those
who claim to be leaders of Boko
Haram are actually leaders and are
influential and they know where the
girls are and in what condition they
are in. We are being very caeful about
it”he said
On his yet to be released ministerial list,
President Buhari said he will stick with his
promise to name his cabinet by the end of
September. He added that he will forward
their names to the National Assembly as it is
constitutionally required
“I said we will have a cabinet by the end of
the month. Time flies. End of the month is
coming too quickly for my liking. I will stick
with the September deadline. I will send the
names to the National Assembly.”he said
He ruled out the idea of running a
government without ministers
“When you introduced me, you said I was
around in 1983 to 1985. Even then we had
ministers. So under this system we have to
have ministers. We are going to have
Ministers”he said
Asked if the delay in naming ministers might
already be having its effect on the Nigerian
economy, Buhari said
“No. It is what we know and what we
learn from Western system. The civil
service provides the continuity, the
technocrats and in any case they are
the ones that do most of the work. The
ministers are there just to make a lot
of noise just like politicians who make
a lot of noise. but the work is being
done by technocrats. They are there
and they provide the continuity. As
you can see my team, there are perm
secs of Finance, trade and industries
and others. They help to provide the
continuity, dig into the records for as
long as possible and guide us because
we are just coming into government.
but they have been there some of
them for 15 years, 20 years. So I think
this questions are just being political.
People from different constituency
want to see their people directly in
government and see what they can get
out of it”he said
On whether the Naira will be devalued again,
he said
“The Naira has already been devalued.
It used to be around N160 now it is
hovering around N200 and above and I
don’t think it is healthy for us to get
the Naira devalued further. That is
why we are getting the Central bank to
make some modifications in terms of
making foreign exchange available to
essential services such as industries,
spare parts, essential raw materials
and so on”he said
He also stated his firm belief in democratic
system of government
“Multiparty democracy system is the
best form of government with a big
caveat that elections must be free, fair
and credible otherwise it will be the
same old problem”he said.

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