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HISTORY: Buhari Retraces Step Back To Ancient City of Edo

Speaking on how he was removed from office in a coup in August 1985, President Muhammadu Buhari said he was dethroned by some fraudulent senior military officers.

On December 31, 1983. Buhari emerged as Nigeria's head of state, through a coup de tat, 

On August 27, 1985. after his over throw, Past military president, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, a former general and past military president, Aliyu Gusau, past Director of Military Intelligence (DMI), and members of the then Supreme Military Council (SMC) took charge of the country's affairs. 

After his removal, Buhari was detained in a house for months and was released in 1988 after the demise of his mom.

The Interview revealed that Buhari was overthrown over his battle against fraudulent practice in the military. 

According to the Interview, the senior military men ousted him to save themselves from his anger. 

The president flash back to this issue when he embarked on a two-day working visit to Edo State, yesterday, the Sun reports.

According to the reports, he said most people had forgotten the fact that he was incarcerated in a small building in the Ancient city of Benin. 

“Not many people may remember: I spent most of the 40 months of my detention, following the 1985 coup, in a small bungalow here in Benin,” he said.

Yesterday, after inaugurating a remodeled 200-bed capacity ultra modern central hospital, which the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, the outgoing governor, built in Benin, Buhari said he was impressed with the edifice.

The president also noted that it was “the best way to do things and the best thing to do for the people” by any government.

He also inaugurated the Upper Siluko Road in the state capital and said “the road will stand the test of time.

“Oshiomhole could have built a new Government House but, he chose to construct roads for his people.”

Buhari said he was in the state for the third time to inaugurate projects build by Oshiomhole’s administration.

Oshiomole's Service is needed in Abuja Buhari Says

President Muhammadu Buhari monday in Benin City, commended outgoing Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State for a job-well done, assuring him that the rule All Progressives Congress (APC) would find an important national assignment for him when he leaves office.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, said Buhari spoke at the Palace of the new Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, shortly before he embarked on the commissioning of several projects in the state, This Day reports.

According to the reports, the statement quoted the president as saying that the country would be the loser if the APC failed to utilise the people’s governor’s wisdom, skill and energy.

“It will be a pity to waste his energy by him retiring. I hope there will be a higher assignment for him to do more for the nation.

‘‘I congratulate the governor for his hard work; Oshiomhole is a hard working governor. We will need his services in Abuja.

‘‘Thank you for inviting me, most especially during this time in the country.
‘‘You have served two terms and you are about to leave. You deserve a place in history. I hope the APC will look for a place for you because your service for the country is far from over,’’ the president said.

Buhari also congratulated the Oba for successfully ascending the throne of his ancestors and extended the support of the Federal government to his Royal highness in his bid to improve the lives of Edo people.

The Oba in his speech, expressed delight on the president’s visit, noting that it was the first since his recent coronation.

‘‘We believe this is a sign of better things to come. I appreciate your contribution to my coronation,’’ Oba Ewuare II said.

The royal father who commended the president for appointing Edo indigenes into positions in government appealed for the establishment of an export and import processing zone for agro-allied industries in the state.

He said the venture would stimulate the nation’s economy and create jobs.
After paying homage to the Oba, Buhari who is on two-day working visit to the state, inaugurated the renovated Central Hospital in Benin.

The medical facility which was established in 1902, was rebuilt by the state government under Oshiomhole.

At the event, Buhari praised the state-of-the art facility rebuilt by the Governor, noting that he had the choice of using the available money for his comfort by building a new government house but he opted for a hospital to help the people.

President Buhari also inaugurated the Upper Siluko Road in Benin City, which he described as “no ordinary type of road.’’

The president inspected the Queen Ede Gulley erosion site and inaugurated the Samuel Ogbemedia College rebuilt to ‘world class standard.’

Buhari commended the quality of infrastructure built by the outgoing Governor, noting that the history of Edomaruse state will not be complete without his name.

Buhari Shares Classroom with Students of Ogbemudia College - This Day

President Muhammadu Buhari monday shared a classroom with students of Samuel Ogbemudia College in Benin City.

Buhari, who is on two-day working visit to the state, sat with students shortly after inaugurating the school refurbished by the Governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole.
The president, according to The Cable, had promised to be committed to quality education in Nigeria.

During the 2015 election campaign, Buhari promised to improve Nigeria’s teacher-student ratio by employing thousands of teachers across the country.

Under the N-Power scheme handled by the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Buhari government said it has employed 150,000 teachers to serve in communities across the country.
“Already 200,000 unemployed Nigerians have been selected, including 150,000 who would teach and serve in their communities,” Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesman, said via a statement.

“The balance is made up of 30,000 who would serve as agric extension workers and 20,000 who would serve as public health workers.

“Each of the unemployed graduates would get a N30,000 monthly stipend, and also get an electronic tablet that would be packaged with several applications that would train and empower the participants.”