*says sponsors of violence in Rivers State would be punished
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – Anyone who thinks that the present government would soft-pedal in its anti-corruption war should better think again as President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he would rather be merciless and relentless in the pursuits.
The president said that there was no going back in pursuing all the elites who had conspired to run the nation aground.
President Buhari’s latest vow came as a reaction to questions from the members of Nigerian community in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea during a meeting with them.
It will be recalled that the president was on a state visit to the country.
He said: “We will be merciless and relentless in pursuing all those who abused public trust. Nigerians will see how some of the elite conspired to run the nation down,” he said.
In the same way, the president also stated that his administration would deal decisively with the sponsors of political violence in Rivers State.
Speaking against the recent political violence in the State, president Buhari said that that the killing of people over political differences was primitive, barbaric and unacceptable.
He remarked that no form of violence would not be tolerated anymore in Nigeria.
He said “We will deal decisively with all sponsors of violence. I have given the security services clear directives in this regard.
“We will show that violence in any form will no longer be tolerated before, during or after elections”.
Responding to the request of the people to be given a voting right abroad during national elections in Nigeria, president Buhari who sympathized with the people stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, would be encouraged to explore the possibility of Nigerians resident abroad to vote in the 2019 general elections.
He noted that some African countries have kicked started the exercise, saying he would ensure Nigerians were also given their right to vote in national elections.
“I want all Nigerians to know that I respect them and their right to choose their leaders,” he said
On the request that a national airline be established in the absence of a direct flight from Nigeria to Equatorial Guinea, the president ruled out the possibility, saying that his priority now was to achieve the reduction of poverty in the land.
According to a statement by his media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, other areas the president had prioritized included developing the infrastructure needed to boost production in all sectors of the economy and create more jobs for young Nigerians, as well as other actions that would directly improve the living conditions of ordinary Nigerians.