National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who
spoke at a parley with newsmen in Lagos said that contrary to what was
being discussed in some quarters, there has been great movement in
President Buhari’s first month in office and urged Nigerians to prepare
for events that would unfold in the days ahead in the anti-corruption fight
of the President Buhari administration.
He said: “Nigerians should grab a front row seat so they can watch
clearly as events unfold in the ring of anti-corruption fight in the
It will no longer be business as usual as the Buhari administration
seeks to make sure that every kobo of national funds is spent for the
benefit of Nigerians, not to fill the deep pockets of a few fat cats.
“The rot met by the Buhari administration is sickening, and the
President is working hard to plug all loopholes for siphoning public
funds, in addition to recovering looted public funds.”
“Nigerians now know that the cash in the Excess Crude Account has
been depleted by $2 billion without explanation.
A panel of four governors has been set up to investigate what
happened to the money that was not remitted to the Federation
Account,” Mohammed said.
He said it was noteworthy that some Western nations had also assured
the Buhari administration of all possible assistance in its efforts to
recover the billions of Naira stashed away by public officers in the past.
The APC spokesman said that this was just the beginning of the fight
against corruption, urging Nigerians to await more unfolding events.
He argued that President Buhari, in the last one month, has started work
in tackling insecurity and fighting terrorism.
He said: “The President travelled to Chad and Niger, and then hosted a
summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission that comprised Cameroon,
Chad and Niger, with Benin also invited.
“The result is the decision to deploy the Multi National Joint Task
Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad, on July 30
to pep up the fight against Boko Haram.
“President Buhari has also rallied the Economic Community of West
African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central
African States (ECCAS) to work with Nigeria in battling the Boko
“A joint summit of leaders of both economic blocs is to be held
shortly to concretise these efforts that will complement the one by
Nigeria and its neighbours.
“President Buhari also travelled to Germany to meet with G7 leaders
to present to them a wish list that included getting their support for
the battle against Boko Haram. The leaders of the countries affected
by the Boko Haram insurgency have compiled their requirements
which are being forwarded to the G7 for appropriate action.
“While waiting for that, the US has announced a $5 million assistance
for the fight against insurgency and the relocation by the Nigerian
military of the command centre to Maiduguri. These are no mean
Mohammed also said that the Buhari administration had availed itself
credibly within one month of assuming office by bringing Nigeria back
to the comity of respected nations.
He said that some leaders who once shunned Nigeria have started
inviting President Buhari to visit their countries.
He said: “The latest is the US President Barack Obama, who will play
host to our President at the White House on July 20.
There is no better indication of how much Nigeria is regaining its lost
glory than the recent election of former Agriculture Minister, Mr
Akinwumi Adesina as the President of the African Development Bank
Mohammed noted that in spite of the laudable achievements of the
Buhari administration in the last one month, Nigerians were right to
demand even a faster pace.
He said: “Nigerians are right and justified in their expectations.
All we ask for is a little more patience, a little more understanding and
continuous support for the Buhari administration.
“We in the APC hereby assure our compatriots, who have expressed
their concerns in recent times, that there is no cause for alarm. The
Buhari administration is willing, determined and able to effect the
change that Nigerians voted for, despite the initial challenges.”