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Measures taken to engage Niger-Delta militants would ensure long term peace – Buhari

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA – In what appears like a response to the allegations by especially members of the opposition that the anti-corruption war was targeted at them, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the crusade was not meant to humiliate anyone but to recover stolen fund.

He also said that the government would not embarrass any individual or group but merely interested in instituting justice and fairness for all.

The president however reiterated his resolve to continue with the war until the funds were all returned, stressing that the country needed the money.

The president who spoke at meeting with the Council of Abuja Imams at the State House on Thursday also revealed that the measures carefully being taking by the government to weather the crisis in the Niger-Delta would eventually herald a long term peace and stability in the region.

He also said that government was resolute and relentless with the war against Boko Haram terrorism.

“We have no plan to humiliate or embarrass anyone through these actions. We are merely interested in instituting justice and fairness for all.

“Whoever is caught as having stolen from the public will be forced to return the loot to the treasury. The nation needs the money”, he said.

On the current economic meltdown in the country, President Buhari said that his government is aware of challenges of life facing the average citizen, and appealed to Muslim religious leaders to preach the message of hope to the people that the situation would not persist for so long.

President requested religious leaders nationwide “to keep calming the people. The leadership at various levels is trying to solve problems of poverty, unemployment and insecurity bedeviling the country.”

President Buhari said the government chose to give priority to agriculture to create jobs for unemployed citizens and give the country food security.

He hinted of a massive plan to provide fertilizers, insecticides and land preparations starting next year, even though the government had sceptically kicked off the implementation of the plan already.

The President also urged state governments and community leaders across the country to organize the population of farmers into cooperative societies, stressing that “extension services, not money will be provided.”

He also intimated the Imams on the efforts to improve power supply in the country with on-going efforts to bring foreign investment from China and some friendly countries that indicated willingness in developing the proposed Mambila and other hydro-electric power projects in the country.

Earlier, the Chairman of Abuja Council of Imams, Dr. Tajudeen Mohammed Bello Adigun on behalf of the delegation commended the efforts of the Buhari administration in the war against corruption and terrorism.

He also drew the President’s attention to problems in the economy, health services, education and unemployment.


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