By Chinenye Festus:-
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said the reported cases of corruption in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) occurred because his appointees abused the trust placed of them. He expressed disappointment with the appointees, Vanguard Reports.
President Buhari also reacted to the security situation in the North West and North Central and said it was disturbing and bank on the expectation that the security agencies should up their game.
He posited that while much had been achieved, security-wise, from the situation he inherited in 2015, however, the president agreed that more needed to be done. He gave assurance that there would be more resources for the country’s military, police and other security agencies to deal with the unwanted security situation in some areas of the country.
President Buhari made the statement on Friday, July 31, after observing the Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family members in Abuja, Vanguard reported.
Speaking On the issue of corruption, President Buhari said that all past and present cases will be fully investigated, adding, “This is why we put the commission (of investigation) in place.” Asked how he feels about recent revelations coming out from the EFCC and the Niger Delta Commission, he said,
“There has been abuse of trust by people trusted by previous administration and this administration. “A number of assets have been recovered and some money. But we have introduced TSA where all the monies are taken and I said asset should be sold and the money be put through TSA so that it can be identified at any level and I will see who will come after us and take it back again to those who misappropriated public funds.”
On the specific case of the Niger Delta, the President decried the wastage of the resources earmarked for improvements of the lives of the people of the region. He lamented that corruption had been unhelpful in that regard, especially “if you recall there is the 13 percent derivation.” He also warned against the vandalization of oil pipelines in the oil-producing areas which often results in environmental pollution.
He said, “Those who are blowing pipelines and interfering with the production of petroleum products are hurting their people more than the rest of Nigerians because majority of their people are fishermen, fisherwomen, and farmers. “Now if they pollute the land and the waters, the fish goes into the deeper sea where the people cannot go and they cannot grow anything. They are hurting their immediate communities more than any other thing.”
On his message to Nigerians as the Muslim faithful celebrate the Sallah, he told the citizenry to be conscious of what they do. He said,” I wish Nigerians the best of luck. In the Eid-el-Kabir sermon, the Imam has said it all, we want security, prosperity and well being of all Nigerians. We want Nigerians to be very conscious of their country. “What we inherited when we came in 2015 was Boko Haram in North East and the militants in the South-South. Nigerians know that we have done our best.”
“We are making available resources to them to even do better,” he assured, adding, “What is coming up in the North West and North Central is very very disturbing indeed. “But I believe the military, the police, and other law enforcement agencies from the report am getting, I think they could do much better. They could do much better but we are keeping them on the alert all the time to do their duties.” Source Vanguard