Corrupt Ministers: Buhari Says He Won’t Lose Sleep Over Criticism By Nigerians

Corrupt Ministers: Buhari Says He Won’t Lose Sleep Over Criticism By Nigerians

By Vanguard on October 30, 2015
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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, shown here on June 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will not lose sleep over criticism and that he wants to be remembered as a president who fought corruption to a standstill.

Buhari during a press conference after the India-Africa Summit, which took place in New Delhi, called on Nigerians, who are not corruptly enriching themselves with public funds, not to be afraid of the fight against corruption and that they should encourage him to get whoever had compromised his position and the trust given to him.

Buhari said remained resolute in the fight against corruption and would want to be remembered for that.

Asked how he feel when critics say he is being selective the president said. 

“If they are not involve in corruption they won’t mind they would encourage us to get whoever compromise his position in the trust being given on to him. I see it in the papers watch it on screen but I have never lost a sleep on it because those that are not corrupt should even encourage us to do more.

“Those interested in the safety of those that have abuse trust in the country office will go to any length including bribing people to give false information and son on.

He went on to say that he is not being selective and that “whoever is caught the document use in incriminating him or her will be used to prosecute him for Nigerian to know that he has abused trust.”

Buhari whose government has security, economy and the fight against corruption main focus and is regularly bashed for been slow said, “They call me baba go slow, but I will go slow and steady”.

On racism the president said, “It is the state of mind of people, individuals which a nation state cannot absolutely control. So I don’t think people should be preoccupied if somebody says get away you black man’ or whatever,” said Mr Buhari.

The President must be bothered that the National Assembly had been polarised following his choice of ministers.

While he was away, the PDP and the All Progressives Congress’ lawmakers were sharply divided over one of his ministerial nominees, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi because he has been indicted of corruption. 

Following the confirmation of his ministerial nominees, President Buhari said he would prune down the number of ministries so as to be able to pay salaries.

On whether there will be an extension of a three-month deadline given by his administration to flush out Boko Haram from Nigeria’s north-east, the President said that the target was to get rid of terrorism and not about meeting deadline.

One of the main talking points at the one-day summit in New Delhi, was the provision India had make for African countries. The nation said it had set aside over $10 billion grant for African countries.

Wooing investors, President Buhari assured Indians and the international community of his administration’s commitment to sustaining efforts aimed at making Nigeria an envy of all.

He urged them to avail themselves of the conducive environment that would be created for investments to thrive.

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