We Are Not After Anyone, Says President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government is not out to witch-hunt or victimise anybody as he goes about recovering stolen public fund.

The President made this known on Thursday morning while delivering his first Independence Day speech.

“As I said in my inaugural speech, I bear no ill will against anyone on past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We are not after anyone. People should only fear the consequences of their actions,” the President said, calling everyone irrespective of their political affiliations to join him in working for the country.

On the significance of the day, Buhari said it is a day celebrated by all Nigerians no matter the condition they find themselves in because it symbolises the day we began the march to nationhood, having freed ourselves from the British colonial masters.

However, he said despite the many blessings God bequeathed the country, Nigeria has not fulfilled her potential in contrast to countries with far less resources because the most important asset it has failed to utilise is unity.

“Nigeria is the ninth most populated country on the planet. We have in addition arable land; water; forests; oil and gas; coastline; and solid minerals “We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose. This would have enabled us to achieve not only more orderly political evolution and integration but also continuity and economic progress,” he explained.

Recounting the journey and progress made so far by his administration, the President identified his trips within and outside Africa to meet with leaders on how best to tackle insecurity and the intervention in helping states pay backlog of salaries, a problem he said was capable of degenerating into unrest.

In addition to working on how best to improve the country’s epileptic power situation, the President said the on-going audits of revenue generating agencies like Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, Central Bank of Nigeria, CNN, and Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, are aimed at ensuring that the country’s resources are judiciously used.

Buhari also explained the delay in appointing ministers. He said he set out to do things methodically and properly, adding that part of the problem was the delay in receiving the handover notes from the past administration.






     

     

    “We received the handing over notes from the outgoing government only four days before taking over. Consequently, the Joda Transition Committee submitted its Report on the reorganization of Federal Government structure after studying the hand over notes. It would have been haphazard to announce ministers when the government had not finalized the number of ministries to optimally carry the burden of governance,” the President said.

    He announced that the first set of names had been sent to the Senate, with more to be forwarded later.

    “Impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results. And better results for our country is what the APC government for change is all about,” he added and called on all Nigerians to play their parts in bringing about the change they voted for.

     

    “Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring change about. We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behaviour in schools, hospitals, market places, motor parks, on the roads, in homes and offices. To bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens,” the President stated.
     

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