No plan to establish national carrier – Buhari

No plan to establish national carrier – Buhari
March 15 19:48 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that establishing a new national carrier for the country is not on the list of his admiustration’s priorities.

The President who spoke to Nigerians resident in Equatorial Guinea in Malabo yesterday said this in response to complaints about lack of direct flight between Nigeria and  Equatorial Guinea.

The President’s stand is contrary to that of most aviation watchers who believe a national carrier would among many economic benefits, lift the sector to the glory days of the Nigerian Airways and boost the ranking of the country in the comity of nations.

“The President also said that establishing  a new national airline was not currently on the Federal Government’s list of priorities.

President Buhari declared that his administration’s main area of focus now  was  reducing the level of poverty in the country.

The President said that developing the infrastructure  needed to boost production in all sectors of the economy and create more jobs for young Nigerians, as well as other actions that will directly improve the living conditions of ordinary Nigerians will continue to be prioritized by his administration.

President Buhari  was responding to complaints by members of the Nigerian community about the absence of direct flights between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea,” a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina read in part.

The President also condemned recent political violence in Rivers State, saying that the killing of people over political differences was primitive, barbaric and unacceptable.

“We will deal decisively with all sponsors of violence. I have given the security services clear directives in this regard.

“We will show that violence in any form will no longer be tolerated before, during or after elections,” the President said at an interactive meeting with Nigerians resident in Equatorial Guinea.

President Buhari said that the Independent National Electoral Commission will be encouraged to explore the possibility of Nigerians  abroad voting in the 2019 general elections.

Noting that some African countries have  started allowing their citizens resident abroad to vote in national elections, the President said that he fully empathised with the desire of Nigerians in the diaspora to vote in national elections.

President Buhari  pledged that  he  will therefore do all within his powers to fulfil that desire.

“I want all Nigerians to know that I respect them and their right to choose their leaders,” he said.

The President  assured them  that his administration’s war against corruption will remain “fearless, relentless and merciless”.

“We will be merciless and relentless in pursuing all those who abused public trust. Nigerians will  see how some of the elite conspired to run the nation down,” he said.