I Will Not Interfere In NASS Crisis, Buhari Insists


President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his decision not to intervene directly in the crisis currently rocking the National Assembly over leadership positions.

He said he was relying on the lawmakers to search their consciences in resolving the impasse that has stalled legislative activities for several weeks.

Buhari, who was responding to questions on ‘Good Morning Nigeria,’ a TV interactive program also advised the feuding lawmakers to abide by party guidelines in whatever decisions they take since they rose to power on the wings of party support.

Buhari also said his recent visit to the United States was a huge success going by the recognition the nation currently enjoys globally.

He said he was gladdened by the resolve of the US government to assist and support Nigeria in the areas of economy and security.

He also said that European countries had equally pledged to assist Nigeria by installing security mechanisms in the Gulf of Guinea to help curtail the rampant theft of the country’s crude oil.

The President said with the support expected from global communities, he would strive to put in place credible technocrats and politicians to steer the ship of the state towards prosperity and peace.

“From what I have seen so far, we need really patriotic Nigerians – Nigerians that can work very hard, knowledgeable, experienced, committed Nigerians – to be in charge of ministries. A lot of the institutions of Nigeria – important institutions – were compromised. Everybody was for himself and God for all of us; it is most unfortunate,” Buhari said.

He noted that the nation had numerous educated and experienced persons but added that sadly only those who desired to profit at the detriment of the state had had access to power in recent years.

“We have to look for technocrats, we have to look for politicians and certainly we have to look for decent people in this class to give them the responsibility of being in charge of ministries and important parastatals and agencies,” Buhari noted



    He also indicated the willingness of the government to overhaul the petroleum and gas industry and bring to justice all those who had contributed to its comatose state.

    He said shipping documents were presently being sourced and compiled for submission to countries where Nigeria’s crude oil proceeds had been taken illegally so that legal action could be undertaken to recover the looted funds.

    “The search continues; up to the third of this month, our crude was still being illegally lifted by people who are in government. We are trying to get these documents. We are getting the cooperation of the international community. We are going to make sure that those who perpetrated this theft against Nigeria are faced with facts very soon and are taken to our courts,” he added.

    He however asked Nigerians to give him the needed support to put the nation back on the path of recovery.

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