Corruption is hard to fight in Nigeria, but we shall overcome – President Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari (middle), 2019 APC Presidential candidate
Muhammadu Buhari (middle), 2019 APC Presidential candidate

President Muhammadu Buhari, has stated that fighting corruption in Nigeria is not an easy task, promising that the administration would win the war against corruption and looters in the country.

President Buhari, made the remarks while addressing a mammoth crowd of party supporters and admires who thronged the 12,000 capacity Ekiti Parapo pavilion, the venue of the presidential rally in Ekiti State yesterday.

According to him, as president of Nigeria, he would never be dissuaded to rid the nation of graft in line with the promise he made in 2015 to banish corruption in the land.

Present at the rally were: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governors Kayode Fayemi(Ekiti), Gboyega Oyetola(Osun), Abiola Ajimobi(Oyo), Rotimi Akeredolu(Ondo) , Ibikule Amosun(Ogun), former All Progressives Congress (APC) Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, Mr. Olusola Oke, among others.

At the rally, some members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), joined the All Progressives Congress(APC) during the presidential campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari in the State.

The lawmakers who were led by the Speaker, Hon Ebenezer Alagbada were: Hons Cecelia Dada representing Ilejemeje constituency and Olanrewaju Olayanju from Emure constituency.

President Buhari said he was quite conscious of the promises he made while contesting four years ago, particularly the ones that have to do with corruption, insecurity and economic diversification.

“We are fighting corruption but it has not been easy. But we told the security agencies to keep tab on those on our watching list and ensure that no stone is left unturned to ensuring that those who have cases to answer doe not escape justice.

“As part of our promises, we are building roads, rail lines, fighting corruption . We introduced Treasury Single Account and increase power supply , so Nigerians can have their own businesses.

“I want to be grateful to Ekiti voters, because the two times I came here, I achieved successes . I came here in 2014 and I also came here to campaign for Fayemi, he won the governorship election, so I thank you”.

The president said he has not betrayed the country on the promises he made in 2015 to secure the nation, fight corruption and diversify the economy and make Nigeria self sustaining in terms of local production.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who addressed the crown in Yoruba, said “a sum of $383 billion was got from the oil between 2010 and 2014 under Dr Goodluck Jonathan. That was when we had the higest but nothing was done with it.

“If that money had been utilized judiciously, all the roads , rail lines and employment we are creating would have long been in place for Nigerians. Buhari built three refineries as Minister of Petroleum under military era. No government has ever added one, not even during the 16 years of PDP.

“Don’t let them deceive you, vote for a President you can trust, that is President Buhari”, he advised.

Osinbajo added that youth employment is paramount to Buhari’s government, saying this accounted for why the administration brought about N-power scheme to empower the young graduates.

Also speaking , the National Chairman of the party, Com. Adams Oshiomhole said it would be a big mistake if Nigerians elect the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku in the February 16 poll.

Before receiving the defectors, Oshiomhole said Atiku owes Nigerians explanation over alleged stealing of millions of dollars belonging to Petroleum Trust Development Fund(PTDF) which he superintended over during the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“How many times did Obasanjo said Atiku stole PTDF’s money? The answer he always gave was that his former boss too stole money. Is this the kind of person you want to vote for?”, he queried.

The APC national leader , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Afenifere leaer, Senator Ayo Fasanmi and former Oun Governor, Chief Bisi Akande, described the Reuben Fasoranti-led faction of the group, which had earlier endorsed Atiku as political jobbers, who shouldn’t be take serious.

Fayemi promised that our president will get 90 percent of the votes that would be cast on February 16 will be given to President Buhari “The government is planning to dualise Ado-Akure road, complete the Federal housing units, the federal secretariat and the Lagos-Kano rail line, so we have no option than to return President Buhari, because Ekiti people are progressives”, he said.

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