Lawmakers React to Buhari’s Decision to Relocate Military center to Maiduguri


Some lawmakers, as well as Prof. Oluremi Sonaiya, the Presidential Candidate of KOWA Party and other prominent Nigerians have reacted to the decision of President Muhammudu Buhari, to move the Nigerian military center from Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to Maiduguri, Borno State capital

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Bisi Yusuf, chairman, house committee on transportation, commerce and industry, said the decision to relocate the military centre showed how determined the President was in tackling Boko Haram insurgency in the Northern part of the country.

He said:

“I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for laying more emphasis on security challenges and Boko Haram insurgency.

“The President also said that he would move the military base to Maiduguri in order to combat the menace of Boko Haram, I think that shows seriousness and determination to tackle the insurgency.”

Yusuf, who is representing Alimosho, on the platform of the All Progressive Party also praised Buhari for being a man of all people. He said the President’s attitude to national issues serves an inspiration, which everybody should follow in order to foster development in the country.

Also, Mr Rotimi Olowo, chairman, house committee on works and infrastructures asked Nigerians not to expect miracles from Buhari to solve the problems of Nigeria, but rather give him the assistance and time he needs.

The lawmaker said:

 “I am sure that Buhari will be able to nip in the bud the challenges facing the country presently like insurgency in the North, being an ex-military man.”

In his message to Buhari, Olowo pleaded with the President to put an end to fuel scarcity by removing subsidy from the system and to focus on youth empowerment, job creation, education and power as stated in his inauguration speech.

In like manner, Prof. Oluremi Sonaiya, the presidential candidate of KOWA party in the March 28, presidential election, said Buhari’s inauguration speech “ touched on the vital aspects of our realities.”

She said:

“It was a great speech, touching upon the vital aspects of our realities and the challenges ahead of us.

“It is good to hear him say “I belong to everybody’’ and I think we are in for a new kind of public conduct by our leaders.”

National chairman of Progressives Action Council, Chief Charles Nwodo, also hailed Buhari’s speech saying, he touched on the ‘’spinal cord of our challenges.”

“His speech was motivational and revolutionary in character; he touched on the spinal cord of our challenges.”

The PAC chairman urged all Nigerians to key into the new era of value system so as to move the nation forward.

Meanwhile, politician and director, change programme and global transformation, Mr Denis Aghanya, said the high expectations placed on Buhari means the retired general cannot disappoint Nigerians.

During his inauguration speech, Buhari said though the military base will be moved to battle the Boko Haram insurgents, Nigerian cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.