The newspapers for Monday August 21, 2017, focus on the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria after spending 105 days on medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said political mischief makers who are fuelling ethnic violence would be dealt with.
The Nation reports that Buhari made the statement on Monday, August 21, during his first broadcast to Nigerians following his return to the country after spending 105 days on medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
Speaking on the backdrop of an October 1 ultimatum issued by a group of Arewa youths to southeasterners living in the north to quit or face eviction, the president said every Nigerian had the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without hindrance.
He said: “I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.”
“This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence."
This Day reports that the president recalled how in 2003, he hosted the late ex-Biafra warlord, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu at his Daura country home where both of them had resolved that Nigeria must remain an indissoluble entity.
The Punch reports that the president also faulted political mischief makers who he accused of fuelling ethnic violence.
Buhari said he was not against legitimate concerns, but noted that different groups must air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
“The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse,"he said.
The president said some comments, especially on the social media, crossed the national red line by questioning the nation’s continued existence.
The Vanguard reports that Buhari said terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of Nigerians could live in peace and safety.
The president stated that his administration would reinforce and reinvigorate the fight against elements of Boko Haram, which he said, were attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets.
He said: “Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.
“Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.
“Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes."
The Guardian reports that President Buhari’s broadcast could have impact on financial market operators and investors, both local and international depending on the outcome of the speech.
The newspaper, citing frontline economist, Bismarck Rewane, stated that if the broadcast is positive, it would have a positive outcome on the financial market.
In the video below, motorists celebrate the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from a medical leave in London.