International Community Will Help Nigeria Recover Stolen Funds – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari and Traditional Rulers in the northPresident Muhammadu Buhari says that his administration has received firm assurances of cooperation from the United States and other countries on the recovery and repatriation of funds stolen from Nigeria.

Speaking at an audience with members of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, President Buhari said that it was now up to Nigeria to provide the international community with the facts and figures needed to drive the recovery effort.

“In the next three months, our administration will be busy getting those facts and the figures to help us recover our stolen funds in foreign countries,”’ the President told the traditional rulers.

Citing the report submitted by the Ahmed Joda-led transition committee, President Buhari said that several revenue-generating institutions in the country have been compromised leading to a weak economy.

On insecurity, the President said that the traditional rulers could play a key role in stemming the terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria by assisting the government with cost-effective intelligence gathering.

President Buhari also assured the traditional rulers that his administration was working hard to end insecurity and terrorism in the country in the shortest possible time with the cooperation of neighbouring countries and the international community.

He acknowledged that Nigerians expect a lot from his administration and appealed for patience and understanding while his government works diligently to speedily overcome the huge national challenges it inherited.

Sultan Abubakar had earlier presented the Northern Traditional Rulers’ recommendations to the President on issues related to national development.

The Sultan told the President that as custodians of tradition and stakeholders in the Nigerian project, the traditional rulers had a responsibility to always advise political leaders on the “path of truth and justice.

“We have always advised our leaders, but their acceptance of our advice is their own prerogative,” the Sultan said.

The traditional rulers assured the President of their unflinching support for his administration’s efforts to fulfil its promises to Nigerians.

Berom elders demand implementation all reports on Plateau

President Goodluck Jonathan held an exploratory meeting with the northern elders from Berom, an ethnic group in Plateau State in the State House late Monday night, on ways to address the killings plaguing the state.

The elders, led by former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs and Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Buba Gyang, urged the Federal Government to act on all the reports that have been submitted on the resolution of the crisis.

About four reports by different ad-hoc committee set up by the federal government to investigate and proffer solutions to the Plateau crises, exists.

The last report was the 339-paged report that was submitted in 2009 by the committee led by the former Judge of the International Court of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola’s Commission of Inquiry.

The commission was set up following the crisis over council election in Jos North Local Government Area, which claimed several lives.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting which lasted till almost midnight from 9.30PM, the Gbong Gwon Jos said, the crisis cannot continue indefinitely with no solution in sight, insisting that both ethnic groups must talk and proffer amicable solution that will end the killings and destruction of properties.

The President is scheduled to meet with the Hausa/Fulani ethic group tonight (Tuesday) after which they will be expected to submit their own report which will be studied before a general meeting of both communities with the President on a yet to be fixed date.

The Berom is one of the ethnic groups that have suffered major attacks and killings in the violence that has ravaged the Plateau in the last four years.

It will be recalled that there was total breakdown of law and order in Plateau state following the massacre of more than 140 other persons by suspected herdsmen on July 8th where the Berom people had gathered for the mass burial of 64 persons allegedly killed by the Fulani ethnic militia.