President Muhammadu Buhari, whose administration is pleading with the court to try a former Natonal Security Adviser in secret, promised on Friday to be completely transparent and not hide anything from Nigerians in his “resolute commitment to restore the economic fortunes of the country and deliver prosperity to Nigerians”.
The Buhari administration has charged Mr. Sambo Dasuki to court for allegedly spending over $2.1 billion meant to fight Boko Haram on personal and political matters, and has asked the court to try him in secret.
But Mr. Dasuki who has denied any wrongdoing has insisted that the trial should be open and transparent for the world to see. He has remained in detention since last year even after three courts granted him bails.
On Friday, while receiving the Northern Christian Leaders Eagles Eyes Forum at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari insisted that he will not hide anything from them. Many blasted the President last year for not declaring his assets for months and for finally declaring them without giving full details.
On Friday, Mr. Buhari appealed to the religious leaders not to lose hope in the unity, stability and progress of the country.
According to a statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said the Federal Government will continue to prioritise the safety of lives and property, in addition to equipping Nigerian farmers with the right tools, technology and techniques to boost agriculture.
“You must tell your followers the truth about the country. We have nothing to hide because we have no other country but Nigeria.
“Tell them to give us a chance to stabilize the country. Your concern for the security, unemployment, anti-corruption campaign and the frequent altercations between herdsmen and farmers are genuine concerns.
“I know the Ministry of Agriculture and the Governors Forum are doing a lot to resolve the lingering crisis between herdsmen and farmers, we must give them a chance,’’ the President said.
President Buhari thanked the Christian leaders for their support to the Federal Government’s anti-corruption campaign and other policies geared towards reviving the economy.
“It is saddening that some of those who stole from our national resources put the money in their personal accounts.
“However, it is gratifying that those who stole money and shared funds meant for the purchase of arms for our military are regretting their actions and they will regret more.
“Those caught in corruption will have themselves to blame,’’ he said.
The leader of the Forum, Pastor Aminchi Habu called on Nigerians to support the President’s anti-corruption war and his vision to restore the lost glory of Nigeria.
“In your administration, I see a new Nigeria where the fear of bribery, corruption and extortion is the beginning of wisdom.
“I see a new Nigeria, where tribalism, religion and ethnicity is no longer a barrier that separates us but a bond that unites us for a greater tomorrow,’’ he said.
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