- President Buhari says his administration is slow in fighting corruption because of democracy
- He was reacting to those allegedly accusing his administration of being too slow in tackling the nation’s challenges
- The president announced that he would soon embark on aggressive campaign for the 2019 presidential election
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is slow in fighting corruption because the system is slow.
The president said this when he received the Federal Capital Territory community, who paid him Christmas homage at his official residence on Tuesday, December 25, in Abuja.
President Buhari, who apparently was reacting to those allegedly accusing his administration of being too slow in tackling the nation’s challenges, including `endemic corruption’ in the society, said: “It’s not Baba (Buhari) that is slow but it is the system.
“So, I am going by this system and I hope we will make it.”
The president announced that he would soon embark on aggressive campaign for the 2019 presidential election, saying that the campaign would start with visits to each of the six geo-political zones of the country.
According to him, the three areas of focus with which he campaigned in 2015 are still very relevant today, adding that he will continue to focus on the fight against corruption, tackling insecurity and improving the economy.
“We are watching the Independent National Electoral Commission very seriously and we are going out very soon; we will go from geo-political zone to geo-political zone, to remind the people of our promises in 2015.
“These three fundamental things include security, because you have to secure the country before you can govern it and talking about what we have done regarding securing the country, the people of the North-east know better.
“The three fundamental things we campaigned with are still very relevant.
“On improving the economy, which we are still going to explore, we have done well in agriculture, and those who embraced farming are not regretting it and we have also addressed unemployment and we are very lucky, through that we are now attaining food security.
“The third thing with which we will campaign is the issue of corruption.
“I told you what I did when I was in uniform but now when I have to go by this system (Democracy,) where people have to be arrested and then prosecuted, taken to court and then with evidence, we will collect back what they had taken illegally and for doing that, people are calling me Baba go slow.
“I am going slowly but whatever the case, I will not stop pointing fingers at those who have abused trust by taking money that does not belong to them.
“I will keep on trying to do my best for this country and get back what belongs to the country.”
He reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to repair the roads and revive the railway and electricity with the little resources at its disposal.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian presidency issued a stern warning to political appointees, government officials and party men against influence peddling for corrupt pecuniary gains and other forms of extortion.
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Malam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, told State House Correspondents on Tuesday, December 25, in Abuja that complaints of extortions of innocent people by what he called "self-serving name droppers and influence peddlers" is causing increasing embarrassment to the presidency.
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