President Muhammadu Buhari has warned staff in the presidential villa to avoid dipping their hands into the treasury to avoid going to jail and causing embarrassment to their loved ones.
The president gave the warning on Wednesday during his first meeting with the staff. He urged them to learn from the government’s ongoing anti-corruption drive, adding that only those who have helped themselves to public funds are prosecuted.
“You and your family will earn respect. But, if you short-change the treasury, you will be caught and I pity your family, because people will be abusing them. People will be calling you big thieves; that how did you raise money to build all the houses in Abuja and Europe with your meagre salary.
“I think personal integrity is something to be encouraged. I assure you that I am absolutely dedicated to serve Nigeria. Those who behave themselves will never regret. But, those who don’t behave themselves, is their problem,” the President said, adding that there is no going back on the fight against corruption.
He also assured that government is preparing to ensure that next year the country feeds itself.
“We have to quickly go back to the farm. It is too late for this year. But, next year, we will make a better arrangement to make sure next year, we can feed ourselves,” he said.