… Explains: ‘Why we are slow in fighting corruption’ ***
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said his wife Aisha Buhari’s allegation that his government has been hijacked was baseless and described it as “her business.”
Buhari insisted there was no cabal running his government and asked his critics to name one decision taken by the cabal.
“That’s her business,” Buhari said during an interview with the Hausa service of Voice of America.
“What they are saying is different from what is happening,”
“They should come out and say those things they feel was staged managed by the cabal. What the cabal force to me to do. They should mention just one thing,” he added.
A video clip of the interview was shared on Twitter by a Saleh Shehu Ashaka, a Nigerian journalist with Voice of America
On December 4, Mrs. Buhari, revealed that the president’s administration would have done better if not for two powerful persons.
She said her husband would have achieved a lot more than it had in three years if not “for two people in government who will never allow things to move fast.”
“I am disappointed in men who rather than fight these two men will go to them in the night begging for favour,” she said.
This is not the first time the First Lady will criticize the president, some of his aides or the ruling All Progressive Congress leadership.
In 2016, she accused Buhari of neglecting those who worked for his election as the Nigerian leader.
On several occasions, the wife of the president has said a few people are calling the shot in this administration at the expense of Nigerians who brought it into power.
At the time, she said she may not support Buhari’s re-election if the situation did not change.
“I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again.”
Recently she lashed out against the ruling party for removing some aspirants’ names from the lists of persons to contest election primaries.
Mrs Buhari said the party primaries were against the tenets of the party such that it would not be difficult to dissociate her from the process.
“It is disheartening to note that some aspirants used their hard earned money to purchase nomination forms, got screened, cleared and campaigned vigorously yet found their names omitted on election day. These forms were bought at exorbitant prices,” Buhari said on October 7.
“Given this development one will not hesitate than dissociate from such unfairness, be neutral, and speak for the voiceless,” she added.
In the meantime, President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is slow in fighting corruption because the system is slow. The president said this when he received the Federal Capital Territory community, who paid him Christmas homage at his official residence on Tuesday in Abuja.
President Buhari President Buhari, who apparently was reacting to those allegedly accusing his administration of being too slow in tackling the nation’s challenges, including `endemic corruption’ in the society, said: “It’s not Baba (Buhari) that is slow but it is the system. “So, I am going by this system and I hope we will make it.”
The president announced that he would soon embark on aggressive campaign for the 2019 Presidential Election, saying that the campaign would start with visits to each of the six geo-political zones of the country.
According to him, the three areas of focus with which he campaigned in 2015 are still very relevant today, adding that he will continue to focus on the fight against corruption, tackling insecurity and improving the economy. “We are watching the Independent National Electoral Commission very seriously and we are going out very soon; we will go from geo-political zone to geo-political zone, to remind the people of our promises in 2015.
“These three fundamental things include security, because you have to secure the country before you can govern it and talking about what we have done regarding securing the country, the people of the North-east know better. “The three fundamental things we campaigned with are still very relevant.
“On improving the economy, which we are still going to explore, we have done well in agriculture, and those who embraced farming are not regretting it and we have also addressed unemployment and we are very lucky, through that we are now attaining food security. “The third thing with which we will campaign is the issue of corruption.
“I told you what I did when I was in uniform but now when I have to go by this system (Democracy,) where people have to be arrested and then prosecuted, taken to court and then with evidence, we will collect back what they had taken illegally and for doing that, people are calling me Baba go slow. “I am going slowly but whatever the case, I will not stop pointing fingers at those who have abused trust by taking money that does not belong to them.
“I will keep on trying to do my best for this country and get back what belongs to the country.” He reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to repair the roads and revive the railway and electricity with the little resources at its disposal.
The President, who thanked the FCT community for the visit, urged people in leadership positions to always do the right things so as not to betray the confidence reposed on them.
Earlier, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Muhammed Bello expressed satisfaction with the achievements of the Buhari administration in the last three and half years.
He said inhabitants of the FCT had resolved to reward the president over his recorded achievements with massive votes during the forthcoming general elections in 2019.
The minister said: “We pray that God almighty continues to
grant you good health, strength, capacity, ability and patience to continue to
lead us to the Promise Land. “On behalf of the FCT, we appreciate you for the
good works you are doing for the territory. “Just last week you commissioned
for us a new airport terminal and so many road projects that are ongoing in
Abuja. “We feel highly delighted to be hosting you here and it’s my honour on
behalf of the FCT community.
Citizen with additional report from Vanguard