Buhari in Kenya: What’s really weighing on his mind?


President Muhammadu Buhari has been in Kenya for the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), slated to come to an end today. Some were angry about the President travelling yet again but we wonder if those people have not been paying attention to how generous Japan has been to us lately.

Of course, there were no comments from the Presidency justifying the trip but we suspect that’s because there are other pressing matter on the President’s mind.

While the focus of the conference is promoting structural economic transformation through diversification and industrialisation; promoting resilient health system for quality life and promoting social stability for shared prosperity, reports about President Buhari’s comments on the sidelines of the conference confirm our suspicions.

Read through some of his comments to know what’s really on the President’s mind:

  1. “The challenge we currently face, which is also being addressed, is that of the IDPs, which number over two million to get them re-integrated with their families and their original homes.”

He said this at the opening of the conference while acknowledging the Japanese government’s assistance through the UNICEF in the rehabilitation of the victims of Boko Haram’s terrorism.

2. “I have made a couple of comments on the Chibok girls and it seems to me that much of it has been politicised. What we said is that the government which I preside over is prepared to talk to bona fide leaders of Boko Haram. If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised Non-Governmental Organisation, convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.”

While granting interviews on the sidelines of the conference, the President assured us of his readiness to let some Boko haram detainees go free if the “real” leadership of the sect assure that the abducted Chibok girls will be released.

3. “We have provided funds to our Navy to buy new platforms, train and effectively organise the personnel to protect the area (Niger Delta). We are looking forward to support from developed nations for satellite surveillance covering the Gulf.”

The President said this while talking yesterday evening at a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the sidelines of the conference. He called out the militants disturbing the Niger Delta region enter into talks with the Federal government or risk being dealt with the same way the army has been dealing with Boko Haram.

Apparently, the president spends his day thinking about the rampaging insecurity in his country, under his watch. What’s left is results.

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