The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has stated that the North-East geopolitical zone is the highest beneficiary of important appointments in the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Lawan made this known on Monday in Bauchi State during the All Progressives Congress campaign rally while thanking the President for the benefits enjoyed by the North-East under his regime.
He said, “Mr President, we in the North-East are probably the highest beneficiaries of your administration.
“In fact, we were the first to start enjoying your administration more than any other part of Nigeria because Boko Haram was technically defeated immediately after you came into office and you appointed our son the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and of course, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar as the Chief of Air Staff.
“They did so well that your government gave the security that we are enjoying today. The North-East, from 2015 particularly, enjoyed the most important appointments in your administration. That is to say that you are a northeasterner.”
“This crowd is a testimony. Everywhere you go is Buhari, in the North-East,” he added.
Lawan also took a swipe at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party alleging that while the party was in power, it abandoned the people in the North-East to the Boko Haram insurgency.
According to a statement signed by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, Lawan said it was not until President Buhari came to power that the region was eventually liberated from the clutches of Boko Haram.
The Senate President also stated, “Mr President, the PDP abandoned the North-East to Boko Haram insurgency.
“The PDP abandoned us until you came into office. In 2015, when you were sworn in, your first task was to liberate us. Thank you very much for what you did.”
Lawan made a similar accusation about two weeks ago at a campaign rally in Yobe State when he blasted the PDP for allowing the Boko Haram insurgency to fester while it was in power.
He also alleged that the PDP denied the existence of Boko Haram and allowed the insurgency to blossom instead of doing the needful and curbing the menace.