Despite pressure from some elite to soft-pedal on the anti-corruption crusade, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his government’s resolve to rid the country of the menace would know no bounds.
Speaking at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday at a meeting with members of the diplomatic corps, Buhari said the anti-graft war would be total and relentless.
President Buhari rode to power last year May on the back of campaign promises to “kill” corruption before it “kills” Nigeria.
Re-affirming this position yesterday, he said because corruption in Nigeria was pervasive, it had become necessary for his government to wage a relentless war against it, warning that without so doing, it would be impossible to build a stable and prosperous Nigeria that would be at ease with itself.
“Building such a country will not be possible where corruption is pervasive …So long as corruption holds centre stage in the affairs of Nigeria, the country will continue to suffer incalculable harm.
“You are witnesses to the preliminary findings that have emerged in the past few weeks from our investigations into corrupt practices in different sectors of Nigeria’s public service.
“I will leave no stone unturned in the effort to rid Nigeria of corruption. I must however, add that in doing this, we shall operate within the ambit of the law.
On foreign policy, he said Nigeria could not afford to be an island unto itself.
“It is for this reason that the foreign policy vision which we are currently pursuing is anchored on meaningful engagement with our neighbours, the African continent and the world at large”.
On the Boko Haram insurgency, Mr. Buhari said when he assumed office, the insurgents were fully in control of 14 local governments in the Northeast but that today they held no territory.
He added that they are now hiding in the Sambisa forest and “occasionally undertake cowardly attacks on innocent citizens in soft targets”.
He noted that within the past eight months of his Presidency, the nation had witnessed resurgence in morale among the troops to dislodge the terrorists from their bases – a feat he attributed to the changes in both the command structure and operational tactics, which brought about significant gains on the ground.
He added that the military had been given specific instructions on the rules of engagement to treat captured terrorists humanely and avoid civilian casualties.
President Buhari noted that the security situation in the North-Eastern part of the country had dramatically improved such that internally displaced persons were gradually returning to rebuild their homes, communities and livelihood.
He said his government would spare no effort to support them with robust programmes and projects to hasten the process of rehabilitation and resettlement.
The president, however, noted that his administration was quite aware that “the war on terror will not, and cannot be won by military means alone”.
“We need a soft approach that speaks directly to the human mind. Poverty and hunger do not only incapacitate, but they can lead to desperation”.
He said his government was also aware that poverty and marginalisation, among other factors, could easily create room for indoctrination and co-option into violent extremism.
“Job creation and provision of quality education are key areas that are already receiving our attention”, he stated.
“We are also convinced that there is no alternative to democratic governance, adherence to the rule of law, respect for human rights and adherence to constitutional order.
“We owe it a duty not to hand down to the next generation a world that is deeply divided and threatened by nature.
“We are under no illusion that achieving these objectives will be easy. We are however, undaunted in our resolve to overcome. We will continue to do all we can to make life safe for our citizens and all residents of Nigeria.
“We are open for business. We invite those who are ready to come to invest in Nigeria. We will protect their persons as well as their investments”, he stated.
President Buhari further said his government would take the necessary steps to overcome new and old challenges, enhance “our national unity, internal cohesion and ultimately, give our country the image that will be a pride to our people and our friends in Africa and beyond”.
Earlier in his remarks, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Salladeen Abbas, commended Buhari for his government’s fight against corruption and terrorism, Abbas, who is the High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria said: “In your fight against corruption, your perception in the international community is very positive. The whole world will cooperate with your government”.
2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu
Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.
Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”
The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.
Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.
The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.
“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.
“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”
Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.
He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.
The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.
The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.
Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.
The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.
This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
— Kola Ologbondiyan (@officialKolaO) November 23, 2020
Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.
- Entertainment23 hours ago
‘Why I Don’t Promote My Old Songs’ – BBNaija’s Vee
- National News23 hours ago
#LekkiMassacre: CNN Dares Nigeria Government, Updates Second Report (Video)
- News Feed23 hours ago
WTO: Okonjo-Iweala South Korean Rival, Yoo Myung-hee, Withdraws From Director-General Race
- Entertainment22 hours ago
BBNaija’s Laycon To Star In Showmax Original, ‘I Am Laycon’
- Entertainment22 hours ago
BBNaija’s Nengi Bags New Endorsement Deal With Skincare Brand
- Entertainment21 hours ago
BBNaija’s Tochi Slams Those Saying Celebrities Should Not Repeat Outfits
- Entertainment21 hours ago
Comedian Basketmouth Talks About His New Album; Opens Up On Why He Initially Switched From Music To Comedy
- News Feed24 hours ago
“Thank you” – 9ice says, hints at reconciliation with his wife after a post he made (video)