22:26 After two hours the maiden #PresidentialMediaChat has come to an end
22.00 Buhari appeals to to the media to do more investigative journalism.
21.47 Buhari continues: “We will look into the students already in school to be able to use their Master Card Debit/Credit cards abroad.”
21.45 “We may have to send the young unemployed youth seeking N5k fee to farm to earn the money” – Buhari
21.44 On 5k monthly, Buhari says: “When my vice has been quoted, how can I come here and say otherwise?”
21.43 The president further answers on minimum wage: “I cannot answer the question of N18 000 minimum wage, now and the federal govt will n0t touch that. The federal gov’t will not touch minimum wage.”
21.40 Another Nigerian wants to know what the government will do with corrupt judges.
“The Judiciary is a seating dock we need the police and other arms to take cases to them its unfair to blame the judiciary,” Buhari added.
Buhari responded by saying the government is not depending on loans to fund the budget." Nigeria is not borrowing to fund the 2016 budget but renogiating with creditors to build capital projects"
The first question from the social media is : “How would the president respond to criticism of plans to borrow to fund a part of the 2016 budget?”
21:30: Buhari begins to answer questions from Nigerians, who sent their questions through the social media
21:25 Buhari says he turned down a N400million car proposal for the presidency, noting that the cars in his fleet are good enough for 10 years. He said he is having problem with the National Assembly regarding TSA.
"I have to holding a closed-door meeting with the National Assembly regarding the cars they are trying to buy. I hope they haven't bought them yet. They can't buy cars for themselves and also take money in car loans."
21:23 Nigerians are expected to send in their questions via twitter, using the hashtag #askbuhari
21:10 He speaks on employment.
He says the government will concentrate on agriculture and solid minerals to create jobs.
He says many investors have signified intention to invest in these areas.
On the power, he said Babatunde Fashola was not made super minister for nothing.
He says the former governor would perform.
He adds that government is looking at different means of generating power
21:00 He says oil subsidy will go by the end of first quarter in 2016.
Our priority now is to get our refineries working. By the time we finish what we are doing., 60 per cent of the allocation of crude oil for local refining and 40 per cent would be used for crude oil swap."
20.52. He says he does not support the devaluation of the Naira.
"I need to be convinced that there is need for the country to devalue the Naira. Is it against the dollar or pound?"
He says the government with the support of the Central Bank would help the manufacturing sector secure foreign currencies to buy machineries.
He says anybody who needs foreign currencies to buy rice and tooth pick should go and buy the currencies at the black markets
20. 50 He speaks on the economy.
He says the government has been able to mopped up over N1 trillion since the introduction of TSA
20. 45 He speaks on Shiite crisis.
He says he is still waiting for the the army and the Kaduna State government to submit their reports before the federal govt takes a decision.
He acknowledges that the Iranian President spoke to him about the clash but told him that the government can deal with the issue.
20.40 He speaks on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He says a lot of progress has been made in relocating them back to their respective towns
20:30. He says there is no intelligence to show where the girls are located.
He says he is in contact touch with the Chadian government to locate the whereabout of the girls.
He says the government is open to negotiation with the real leaders of Boko Haram
20: 25: He speaks on the Chibok girls.
He said the girls have not been located.
20: 20: He says all his ministers are not corrupt.
He challenges anybody with any evidence against any minister to go to court.
20: 18 Buhari speaks on his assets.
He says he has declared his assets four times in the past
20: 10. He says all corrupt officials would have their days in court.
He says the government is being careful in releasing details of the looted funds
20.06 Buhari speaks on corruption.
He said his government would recover all stolen funds from previous government
He reveals that that some money have been recovered.
20:05 Presidential Media Chat has just started
Herald Nigeria reports that opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress of deception in the much-awaited Presidential Media Chat.
The report says President Buhari and his government are planning to deceive the nation through the “Live” media chat.
Read more here.
17:41 News24 posted a question on its Facebook page asking what issues they wanted to hear the president address. The responses were quite varying. Read more here
17:31 The APC Fan Club - Worldwide also posted its questions on Facebook. Click below to read more.
17:30 Twitter has gone abuzz the whole day as #Presidential Media Chat trended, with many posting questions that they would like the president to address.
@Adebola Taofeek @iam_ademuyiwa wrote: Presidential Media Chat: Nigerians will like to Know how @MBuhari wants to diversify the economy & make reliance on crude die naturally
@Adebola Taofeek @iam_ademuyiwa posted: I hope the journalists ask questions of Over 160million Nigerians during the Presidential Media Chat
@Oluwaseye @hrhseye said: I hope it would be a proper presidential media chat where there would be so many journalists from different media houses
@Gifted Hands @tunby: Dear @MBuhari please go to Sambisa forest and hold the presidential media chat, if Boko haram has truly been defeated.
@EMIOLAWALEOLA wrote: The only question I have for My president is: Sir, how did you arrive at the proposed fuel prices?
Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari is set to hold his first presidential media chat at the State House in Abuja on Wednesday.
Buhari is expected to speak on a broad range of current national issues. He will also answer questions from a panel of journalists.
The Media Chat will begin at 19:00.
Reports indicate that Buhari has been under severe criticism lately due to his frequent patronage of foreign media since he took over from president Goodluck Jonathan on May 29.
We are not relying on debt, it is only a certain percentage that was mentioned." #AskBuhari
- News24 Nigeria