President Muhammadu Buhari assured all corruption-free Nigerians on Monday in Abuja that no amount of pressure will make him give up the war against corruption in the country.
In an address to some Nigerian protesters who marched to the Presidential Villa to pledge their full support for his administration’s anti-corruption campaign, President Buhari promised a relentless prosecution of the war against corruption, with due regard for the rule of law.
The President said that all persons charged with stealing the nation’s resources will have their day in court and that, upon conviction, their ill-gotten wealth will be seized and returned to government coffers.
“I believe it is time for Nigeria to change course. That is why I sought election as President and got elected. As President, I am determined that Nigeria must move away from a course of endemic corruption that was leading us to perdition.
“There can be no question of our willfully allowing anyone to get away with corruption. No matter the pressure and entreaties, the anti-corruption war will continue and all accused persons will have their day in court,” the President said.
Welcoming the support of the group – Nigerians March Against Corruption, President Buhari, who was represented by Mr. Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser (Media & Publicity), also reaffirmed his commitment to curbing insecurity in the country and boosting employment opportunities for Nigerians, especially the youth.
He called for the continued support and solidarity of Nigerians as the present administration works to correct the wrongs of the past.
The Nigerians Against Corruption group led by Aisha Yesufu had condemned recent statements by some individuals against the President’s anti-corruption campaign.
They assured the President that the vast majority of ordinary Nigerians fully supported his ongoing efforts to curb corruption and urged him not to be deterred by the antics of those who do not share his laudable vision of a fairer, more equitable, corruption-free and progressive nation.
…orders review of economic policies to create more jobs
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will gladly reverse or abandon some inherited economic policies, if doing so will lead to the creation of more jobs for Nigerians.
The President made his wish known to executive members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) during a meeting in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.
Buhari directed the Ministries of Industries, Trade and Investment and Finance as well as the Central Bank and other relevant government agencies to evolve new policies to boost domestic manufacturing before next year’s budget.
“We are in difficult times economically, but we’ll continue to do our best for manufacturing to pick up.
“We must begin to behave as if we have no oil at all.
“We will gladly have policy somersaults, if it will mean more jobs, particularly for youths.
“I campaigned on three major planks. To effectively secure our country, provide employment through revamping the economy, and wage a relentless war against corruption. I intend to keep faith with these promises,” he said.
He lamented that the textile industry that employed about 320,000 people in the past only parades about 30,000 now.
“It shows the carelessness of past governments, if almost 300,000 people lose jobs in a single sector.
“We have a clear idea of how we can stimulate employment and we will work very hard to do so,” Buhari told the MAN delegation.
The MAN President, Dr Frank Jacobs appealed for a review of policies that stifle the manufacturing sector.
He noted that the importance of a robust manufacturing sector for the general wellbeing of the economy could not be over-emphasised.
NAN reports that the President was also briefed on the activities of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs by top management staff of the ministry.