Saturday, 14 May 2016

President Buhari statement on Publishing Names of Looters

In an interview in London, President Buhari revealed that the names of
corrupt Nigerians will be made public in a speech he intends to
deliver on May 29 and that those named will be prosecuted. He also
said he was coming after people bombing and destroying pipelines in
the Niger Delta;
"So far, what has come out, what has been recovered in whatever
currency from each ministries, departments and individuals, I intend
on the 29th to speak on this because all Nigerians are getting from
the mass media because of the number of people arrested either by the
EFCC, DSS. But we want to make a comprehensive report on the 29th.
On whether the names of those indicted will be published, he said:
"Yes, eventually, it has to be done because we want to successfully
prosecute them. But you know you cannot go to the courts unless you
have documents for prosecution.
"People signed for these monies into their personal accounts, their
banks gave statements that the money is there, when it came, how much
and so on."
Also speaking on allegation of selective prosecution, Buhari said:
"That is an accusation against the law enforcement agencies. But I
assure you that we do not interfere. Try and get those who are now
under arrest, you will find out it is across the board."
On Militants...
"What I know is that I was elected by the whole country and the least
I can do is to keep the country together somehow. I assure you we will
develop the capacity to do it. If you can recall, the militants, I
appointed a retired Brigadier General (Boroh). When I give people
assignment, I develop terms of reference for them and I allow them to
do their work. I understand the problem. I spoke with the Chief of
Naval Staff and other service chiefs to work with him and help him to
make sure that those who are blowing the installations, sabotaging
investments in Nigeria, we will deal with them eventually."
On the killer herdsmen, Buhari said they are non-Nigerians who came
into Nigeria from Libya.
"because of what happened in Libya, when Ghadaffi, during his 43
year-regime, trained some people from the Sahel militarily. When his
regime was overthrown, those people were dispatched to their
countries. They found themselves in the Boko Haram and others.
"It is a major regional and virtually African problem now. There is
one called Al Qaeda, there is Boko Haram and so on. It is a
governmental project now to trace them, disarm them, try them and
discipline them."
He said the Fulani herdsmen "culturally do not stay in one place; they
move with the season.
"Normally, harvest is complete much earlier in the North. They have to
go southwards for greener pasture.
"Initially, there was what they call cattle routes and grazing areas.
They were marked. Infrastructures were put in terms of dams and
veterinary clinics.
"Later, the big ogas that came, took over these places and turned them
to farms. If we have like 500 cattle, if they do not eat for 24 hours
or they want water, you can't stop them.
"But what they used to do then, if anybody goes outside, he would be
arrested, taken before a court and he is fined. If he can pay, the
money is taken and given to the farmer. If he can't pay, the cattle is
sold and the farmer is paid. So, people are behaving well.
"So, when people came and took away the land for the cattle route and
grazing area, you find out that from Kaduna to Bayelsa, Nigerians are
fighting cattle rearers now.
"When I was in PTF, we made a comprehensive study of cattle routes and
grazing areas throughout Nigeria. So, I am referring the Governors'
Forum to it and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Let
them see what they can do and save the situation."
On 2016 Budget implementation, he said:
"It depends on the efficiency of the technocrats. Yes, we have six
months to implement the budget. You know why there was a delay. There
is something called padding. I have been in government since 1975. I
was governor of what is now six states: Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe,
Adamawa, Taraba, that used to be North East. Then I was in Obasanjo's
cabinet, Petroleum for three and a quarter years. I was Head of State
for 20 months.
"I had never heard about that one padding until this year. And what
does it mean? It means that the technocrats just allowed the
government to make its noise, to go and make the presentation to the
National Assembly. They will remove it and put in their own.
"When we uncovered this, we just had to go back to the basics again.
Ministers had to go again and appear before the Minister of Budget and
National Planning and make presentations again. This was clearly
brought out by the Minister of Health.
"I saw with my own eyes, nobody told me. I was watching NTA and he
appeared before a committee that said the minister should come and
defend his budget. He looked at what was presented to him as his
budget and he said he had nothing to defend, that that was not what he
"Subsequently, we discovered that it was not only the ministry of
health. So they allowed us to talk rubbish as government and they do
what they like."
Source: The Nation

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