The resolve of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, retired army General, that the prosecution of persons who have stolen national resources will begin in a matter of weeks has been confirmed in Abuja. Speaking at a meeting with members of the National Peace Committee led by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of state of Nigeria who handed over to democratically-elected government, in the Presidential Villa,\ Buhari declared that his administration was irrevocably committed to doing all within its powers to break the vicious cycle of corruption,
unemployment and insecurity in Nigeria. ”Nigeria has to break this vicious cycle before we can make progress,” the President said, adding that his administration was diligently getting facts and figures pertaining to the nation’s stolen funds, before proceeding to the prosecution of identified culprits.
In the August 11, 2015 statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari told General Abdulsalami and members of his committee that the Federal Government, under his leadership, will not only ask for the return of stolen funds that have been stashed in foreign banks, but will also ensure that those who stole the funds are put on trial in Nigeria.
The President also said that as part of its actions to address the national problems it inherited, his administration was reorganising Nigeria’s revenue generating institutions. The President explained that a single treasury account had been established for all Federal revenue to ensure greater probity, transparency and accountability in the collection, disbursement and utilisation of national funds.
”We have really degenerated as a country. Our national institutions, including the military, which did wonderfully on foreign missions in the past, have been compromised. But we are doing something about it. The military is now retraining and morale has been resuscitated.
”As Petroleum Minister under Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo in the 1970s, I could not travel abroad until I had taken a memo to the Federal Executive Council asking for estacode. Now, everybody does what he wants.
”That is why security-wise and economically, we’re in trouble,” President Buhari told his guests, adding that those who have stolen the national wealth “will be in court in a matter of weeks and Nigerians will know those who have short-changed them.”
Gen. Abubakar and members of his committee urged the Federal Government to be guided by the rule of law in its fight against corruption.
Members of the National Peace Committee who accompanied Gen Abubakar on the visit were Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, and Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. Others were Justice Rose Ukeje (rtd), Prof Ameze Guobadia, Vanguard newspaper Publisher Sam Amuka, Dame Priscilla Kuye, Senator Ben Obi, Dr. Yunusa Tanko, and Dr Arthur-Martin Aginam. The National Peace Committee, formed before the 2015 general elections, was granted permission by the President to transform to a National Peace Council.
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