2019 Presidential Debate!!! Buhari Shows Up With ‘Aggressive’ Answers To All Questions, Shocks The World - ROUND GIST

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

2019 Presidential Debate!!! Buhari Shows Up With ‘Aggressive’ Answers To All Questions, Shocks The World

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday night, said that he would continue to stand with the country’s masses, because they constitute the bulk of his supporters, and proceeded to descend heavily on the elites, for what he called their complicity in the events that led to the sorry state of the country.

Buhari who made this declaration during an exclusive interview with THISDAY’s Board of Editors in the State House, Abuja, was very critical of the Nigerian elites, resulting in the question on whether his hard stance against the elites was because majority of his supporters are drawn from the masses.

The President was very swift in answering the question in the affirmative, saying that the Editor who asked the question had already answered it, by noting that indeed, it was the masses who helped him to ascend to the seat of power, and remained his unalloyed supporters.

“Exactly. You have answered the question”, Buhari said.

He questioned the role the elites played when the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was in power, saying that, despite the oil price boom at the time, the party rather than improve infrastructure, looted the national treasury without any whimper from the elites.

He said: “I told you my grudge against the Nigerian elites. I challenge you to check the records from Europe, Asia, America, this country was getting 2.1 million barrels per day, at over $100 per barrel.

“It went to $143 per barrel, but when we came, it collapsed, and I told you that I went to the Central Bank and said, ‘Oya, this is what is happening. Why?’ I refused to remove him (CBN Governor), because he has to give account of what had been happening.

“About 2.1 million bpd, times 100, times 16 years; yet, there was no provision of infrastructure. The rail was killed.

“But look at what we did from May 29, 2015 till now, with what is available. I asked you where were the elites?

“Educate the people and see their reaction… Where were the elites when these people were taking this money? The Nigerian elites are supposed to know how much the country is earning; where it is. Why did they accommodate the irresponsible expenditure of the 16 years of PDP?”

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