Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, since the news broke about the abduction of over 110 Dapchi School children in Yobe State by the Boko Haram insurgents about a week ago, is yet to make any public statement on the abduction.

President Buhari seems to have dismissed and waved the issue aside with a comment that insecurity is found everywhere in the world, and nothing new has been done about the issue even as he is currently planning for another trip outside the country.

In the heat of the issue, the president has, over the week, hosted APC Governors, national and state chairmen to route for his second term.

He recently sent the Minister of Information, Lai Muhammed to investigate the security issue, who returned to say that abduction means Boko Haram is now degraded and looking for cheap publicity.

President Muhammadu Buhari has based his focus on the forthcoming general elections in 2019 as he, on Monday, advised the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to avoid what he called “illegal manoeuvres” in picking the party’s candidates at all levels for the 2019 elections.

He urged them to ensure internal democracy and avoid shortcuts which he said had characterised opposition party and had left it divided.

Buhari made the call in his remarks at the opening ceremony of the party’s national caucus meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said, “Now that INEC has come out with the timetable for elections in 2019, the party should prepare itself for congresses at wards, local governments, states and the centre.

“We should strictly follow the constitution of the party in undertaking these party elections. We should ensure internal democracy and avoid shortcuts and illegal manoeuvres which have characterised the opposition party with the consequences that they are now divided.

“The APC has a history of conducting free and fair primaries whenever consensus about any candidacy is not reached.

“Regardless of the outcomes of the primary processes, it is imperative that we all work together to ensure the victory of our party.”


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