Stella Dimoko Text Of President Buhari's State Of The Nation Address That Left Nigerians Speechless.


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Friday, October 23, 2020

Text Of President Buhari's State Of The Nation Address That Left Nigerians Speechless.

Nigerians have been left speechless after President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, 22nd October 2020 addressed them on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests which had rocked the nation over the past few days.

Below is the full text of the President’s speech.

“Fellow Nigerians,

It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well-intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments;but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

On approving the termination of SARS I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised;the sanctity of the Palace of a peace-maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary.

Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens, is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the well being and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years;

the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths, and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

a. paying 3-months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small- and medium- enterprises
b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission
c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans
d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders

These are in addition to many other initiatives such as:

a. Farmermoni,
b. Tradermoni,
c. Marketmoni,
d. N-Power,
e. N-Tech and
f. N-Agro.

No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.

With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force.

The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.

We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens, are protected.

But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements.

In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.”
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  1. Speech that is void of emotions
    Na oba dey am important pass
    Imagine talking about his xo called achievements
    People that have been waiting for him to talk shey he has left u guys speechless
    President that is xo out of touch with reality
    Gave prerecorded that looks like tiktok video with d cut nd join

    1. Oba’s palace and those vices he mentioned happened after his soldiers killed protesters. Buhari is heartless and wicked. He will see his end, just watch, Abacha will be better than him.

  2. No compassion!!!
    No Empathy!!
    No mention of the massacre
    Everyone asking who ordered the attack, hope you got your answer from the 12min recorded video.

    Subtle threats is all I heard from his gibberish.

    Mehn,2023 is still far but we wont relent.

  3. The man is so oblivious of what is happening in Nigeria. The speech is more of a threat than an address. I am so surprised that some persons are still supporting this tyrant

    1. That is exactly what I'm so angry about- some idiots have started praising him for the nonsense he spitted out😪

  4. His speech gave me the chills! I froze. No emotion,no reference to lives lost.This goes to show that we are on our own. The protests and fights for our rights mean nothing to these men. They will kill again if given the opportunity.

  5. Bubu's speech tone sounded like a Father with cane in his hands giving a final warning to his children. Like" Upon everything I do for you people(n power,n tech,tradermoni,etc,) you still disobey me(the protests). It has become necessary for me to give you a last warning....

    1. That’s the third world style of democracy, threatening you to make you surrender. He has actually said why he sent soldiers to kill other people’s children while his own children are hale and hearty at home.

  6. I keep expecting less and so we move.
    We pray for life to overcome and survive Buharia regime

  7. I am speehless,if i should type what i have on my mind now,Aunty Stella will not aprove it.

  8. For the youths that voted for him maybe they didn't know as they were not born during his first rule in the 80s .this man has always bin arrogant and out of touch with the people he governs..was surprised how he was repackaged and sold to Nigerians and una buy am!

  9. I think Buhari's avoidance of commiserating with the families of Lekki Lekki massacre victims is because government is still denying carrying out the act. That is why the army's speech yesterday was saying it could be a photoshop. They can't comment on it until after investigation.

    1. Exactly but unfortunately Sanwo Olu is bringing their legs out.Shebi he has said the armies didn't get the right time to execute

  10. Buhari, gave the order and it was kill anyone protesting. God kill you their.

    1. God bless you. This is my conclusion too. Otherwise, how do explain the fact that Sanwolu was unable to reach him when Lagos was boiling.He even asked his security chief to return the call and discuss with the gov. It means he wasn't interested in the report because he ordered it or knew about it.

  11. We ask for tje President speech, we got it and we are all speechless. I don't think we have any leaders in this country. He didn't even address the issue of the innocent Nigerians that was killed.
    Chaii!!! My country, I can't stop weeping for this country it's so sad.

  12. Why do I feel this speech has been doctored? This nowhere close to what I heard from my tv yesterday. Hmmm, Baba God na your hand we dey o


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