Why I will continue to defend Buhari – Orji Kalu

Former governor of Abia State and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has explained why he would continue to throw his weight behind the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kalu said aside being his party man, Buhari is his close friend and father, who deserves all the support to make Nigeria better.

The former governor also noted that the visit by the APC national chairman, governors and a minister to Buhari in London, on Sunday, has also vindicated him.

Kalu made the remarks Monday, at a dinner hosted in his honour by Dr. Nasiru Abubakar in Shanghai, China.

He said, “It is my duty to support the government in power and to support the central government controlled by the APC.

“First, I speak as a member of the APC, second, as a friend of the president and also as a Nigerian who wants the country to move forward .”

“We should try to be our brothers’ keeper.”

He continued, “I am excited because just as we are seated here, the news is that President Buhari is receiving the national chairman of APC and some governors on visit.

“This has vindicated most of us because people wanted to kill us for telling them that the president is alive and will soon be back. I don’t know what people gain in seeing a leader to die instead of praying for their leaders.

“I am sure you are aware Mr. President is getting well by the day and those that make hate comments or speak in the contrary; who attack people like us that tell them the truth that the president is alive and responding to treatment will by now know we had our facts right.”

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He mentioned that corruption was the greatest challenge of the Nigerian society, adding that people merely pay lip service to it.

He blamed the reasons for economic setback of Nigeria on mismanagement and theft of public fund.

His words, “it’s therefore surprising to see them talking about ruling Nigeria despite their past records in mismanagement.

“I am sure most representatives of international communities in Nigeria are amazed about public fund looting.

“About three years ago when we first mentioned the alarming level of looting, they looked at us like people who were misinformed. But today, everybody knows better that we had facts.”

On the way forward, he suggested that “cultural re-evaluation, political re-evaluation are among what the country needs urgently. Yes, the country needs restructuring, economic restructuring, political restructuring but not to divide the country. The country needs stability to move forward.

“All those preaching hate and calling for dividing the country should rethink. I am happy that the leader of the Arewa has been talking to me and his statements are very positive.

“The youth leader of the Arewa Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shetima and I have been in touch and am happy about the assurances he has given. Look at how large China is and the world still supports her One China Policy.”

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