Elder statesmen in the northern part of the country under the auspices of the Consultative Assembly of the Concerned Northern Patriots (CACNP) have commended President Buhari on his anti-corruption fight and his quest to combat the spate of insecurity in the country.
Rising from a consultative assembly, to review the one year administration of President Buhari, the group in a communique signed by Alhaji Muhammadu Gwaska, a former acting chairman of Federal Character Commission (FCC), and Hon. Simon Shango, scored President Buhari high, saying under him, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other security agencies have been revitalized and made more credible.
The communique read, “You will recall that in his campaign for the Presidency on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) before the 2015 elections, President Muhammadu Buhari had hinged his campaign on the ideology of change. Recall also that the President had pledged to eliminate corruption, provide security of life and property of the citizenry throughout the country, as well as an undiluted resolve to bring to an end the insurgency activities that had threatened the lives and property of the people of the north east part of the country. You are mindful also of the President’s determination to decisively tackle the ailing economy to bring it back to life with the ultimate aim of creating jobs to eliminate unemployment and poverty.
“Accordingly, Nigerians all believed in him and voted massively for him in the presidential elections of 2015. The president was thus sworn in on the 29th of May 2015. Many Nigerians no doubt expected the president to hit the ground running upon assumption of office but it became clear that President Buhari had underestimated the rot that he found on the ground on assumption of office.
“Contrary to his expectations, the President met a virtually empty treasury and found an unprecedented level of corruption in the political and bureaucratic system that was beyond his imagination. This situation created some initial delays in his swift take off that was noticed in the establishment of various structures of government.
“Today, it is 14 months since President Buhari took over the mantle of leadership of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And governance in the areas of fighting corruption and economic management has greatly improved. Nigerians are beginning to realize that Buhari’s emergence is the best thing that has happened to this country since independence.
“In the war against corruption, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other security agencies have been revitalized and made more credible, and various cases of corruption are at various levels of investigation or prosecution.
“On the issue of security of lives and property and the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east, it is common knowledge that Boko Haram has been degraded and dislodged in the various local governments they had held in the north east. The sporadic bombings that were experienced in parts of the north east and some parts of North West and North Central has stopped.
“Efforts are being made to relocate displaced persons from the Internally Displaced persons Camps (IDPs) to their various homes as rehabilitation of schools, homes and utilities is simultaneously going on currently.”
The communique added that “the economy is being boosted by way of releasing funds for the 2016 budget as well as tightening loop holes in leakages of government funds. Just this week alone, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), through government intervention, has tilted the monetary policies of government to bring down inflation.
“It is on record also that the 36 states of the country that were once hit by cash crunch are now bouncing back. The confirmation by the Imo State Governor and Chairman of the APC governors Forum that the states are now better funded is a testimony to that effect. The introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA) is one singular bold decision that was taken by the Buhari administration. TSA, apart from recovering for Nigeria over N3 Trillion which could have gone into the pockets of corrupt officials, has also gone a long way to safeguard internal revenue generation by ministries, departments and agencies to ensure optimum utilization of available resources. At the inception of this administration, most states owed arrears of salaries, some up to eight months.
“In order to lessen the suffering at the state level, President Buhari released bailouts to states to clear the arrears of salaries. Mr. President also recently released budget support funds to states for infrastructural development.
“In addition to the above, efforts are being made to reduce unemployment in the country in various ways such as employment of five hundred thousand teachers, school feeding scheme and poverty alleviation support that will soon take off.
“There is no doubt that other budgetary expenditures in the course of the year will go a long way to reflate the economy and provide about palliatives to the masses of this country.
“It has however been noticed that in spite of these massive interventions, and good intentions by the president, spate of attacks have recently been mounted on Buhari’s government and his appointees particularly the Chief of Army Staff and Minister of the Interior, Lt. General Buratai and Lt. Gen. Dambazau (rtd) by the opposition, media Houses and social media. What has really gone wrong?
“It is in view of this that we the Concerned Northern Patriots met today in Abuja 28th July, 2016 to review these recent developments affecting president Muhammadu Buhari, his government and the Nigerian nation.
“As stated earlier, the change agenda of President Muhammed Buhari is the best thing that has happened to this country. One can only wonder that would have become of this country without Buhari as President this time. As the political time ticks towards 2019, the APC leadership must guard their hard earned victory at the polls jealously. Unless they do that, they will allow wolves in sheep skin infiltrate their ranks to completely destroy what they have toiled for 16 years to build and arrive at the present presidency.
“As Patriots who could want to see development and harmony in this country, we would also implore President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to be the listening President that he is and look into genuine complaints from members of his party and Nigerians in general in order to discourage infiltration of spoilers in the rank of party and government.”