Buhari: Era of free money gone

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has de­clared that the era of free money is gone in the coun­try, say­ing there is no easy money to throw around.

The pres­i­dent spoke in Gusau, Zam­fara State, yes­ter­day while com­mis­sion­ing the Wanke- Dan­jigba-Kucher­iKigama-Bil­bis Road.

Buhari, who urged all Nige­ri­ans to think closely about the coun­try’s sit­u­a­tion, said:

“There is no easy money to throw around. We must go back to farm­ing and live­stock rear­ing so that we can de­velop the in­dus­tries, we must put our hands on deck to en­sure suc­cess of our mis­sion in engi­neer­ing Nige­ria.”

The pres­i­dent em­pha­sised that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would not re­lent in the on­go­ing anti­graft war, say­ing cor­rup­tion had stunted the na­tion’s growth.

He said his gov­ern­ment had no in­ten­tion to hu­mil­i­ate or dis­grace any­body, as­sur­ing that re­cov­ered loots would be put to pub­lic use.

“I also wish to re­it­er­ate to the peo­ple of Zam­fara State and Nige­ri­ans in gen­eral the com­mit­ment of this ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­store san­ity in gov­er­nance. We shall con­tinue to pros­e­cute the war against cor­rup­tion. We do not wish or de­sire to hu­mil­i­ate or dis­grace any­body, but we must re­cover stolen funds and put them to col­lect pub­lic use,” he said.

Buhari said since his ad­min­is­tra­tion was in­au­gu­rated on May 29, 2015, the jour­ney to fix the coun­try and re­store the hope of the com­mon man had be­gun in earnest.

He said the chal­lenge of his gov­ern­ment was trans­lat­ing the change promised into re­al­ity, not­ing that this could not hap­pen with­out the cul­ture of ac­count­abil­ity and good gov­er­nance.

“I as­sure all Nige­ri­ans that the grim eco­nomic sit­u­a­tions are a pass­ing phase which all so­ci­eties go through,” the pres­i­dent added.

Buhari also stated that the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Nige­ria was im­prov­ing, say­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­mit­ment to se­cur­ing the na­tion was al­ready yield­ing re­sults.

The pres­i­dent said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­mained com­mit­ted to deal­ing de­ci­sively with all threats to na­tional se­cu­rity from any quar­ters.

He said that was part of the rea­sons he was per­son­ally in Zam­fara to flag-off the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions aimed at rout­ing out the men­ace of cat­tle rustlers and armed ban­dits, not only in the state, but in the en­tire axis of the North-west.

Photo: Govt. House

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