President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, in his first Presidential Media Chat since he was sworn in as the President of Nigeria, explained why he cannot release leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Buhari revealed that Kanu is in possession of two passports, one Nigerian, one British and came into the country illegally.
“The one you called Kanu, do you know he has two passports? One Nigerian, one British and he came to this country without using any passport? Do you know that he brought sophisticated equipment into this country and started broadcasting for Radio Biafra? There is a treasonable charge against him and I hope the court will listen to the case,” the president said
On Biafra and marginalisation of Ndigbo, Buhari added: “They say they are marginalised but they have not defined the extent of marginalisation. Who is marginalising them? Where? Do you know? Choosing a minister is not a matter of ethnicity, it is a matter of the constitution. I am limited by what the constitution says that there must be a member of the executive council from each state. There is a lot of partisan politics in it. Who is the Minister of State for Petroleum? Is he not an Igbo? Who is the governor of the CBN? Is he not an Igbo? Who is the Minister of Labour? Who is the Minister of Science and Technology? What do they want? I stood elections and I won, I am limited by the constitution, I have a member of every state in the Federal Executive Council and I have to listen to them when I sit as chairman. That is the limit the constitution gave me”.
The president also accused the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) of having allegedly committed atrocities against Nigeria through reckless disbursement of billions of government funds.
He said: “Technically, if you see the kind of atrocities those people committed, if they jump bail? I am sorry to say this publicly…the former president just wrote to the governor of the CBN and said give N40 billion to someone while you have two million Internally Displaced Persons, what kind of country do you want to run?”
You want people who stole N50B to be granted bail to go to London when we have 2 Million IDPS in camps?
Buhari further defended his ministers, stating that “No member of my cabinet is corrupt. If I find them corrupt, I will sack them.”
The president also challenged anyone with a contrary view to present evidence against any member of his cabinet.