I Won’t Go To Jail, You Can’t Accuse Me Of Stealing – Buhari

I Won’t Go To Jail, You Can’t Accuse Me Of Stealing – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari with members of the Supreme Council for Sharia at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja on June 25, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says he cannot go to jail because is satisfied with what he has.

In a statement on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari noted that he does not rely on proceeds from government contracts.

“I have been in many places including (Ministry of) Petroleum. I would have gone to jail if I had taken an oil well. For integrity and honesty, I have no regrets. By this, I have contributed to my social safety. I won’t go to jail,” he told a delegation of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria at the State House in Abuja.

“I am satisfied with what I am. I am happy I have kept myself and people close to me from benefiting from government contracts,” the President added.

He said he did not award contracts and did not care about who got them, so long as they did a good job at a cost that is justifiable to the nation.

A Difficult Situation

The President, who said he had been accused of many things, said his critics cannot accuse him of stealing.

“You cannot accuse me of stealing,” he said. “I have appointed ministers and they are in charge. I appeal to their integrity.”

“When they come here to the (Federal Executive Council) Chambers, we ensure they follow the due process. If I owned an oil well, I would have gone to jail,” President Buhari insisted.

He further responded to a number of issues raised by the delegation, including complaints that Muslims had been marginalised in appointments to government institutions such as the military and the civil service.

The President said this illustrated how difficult his job is because he faced the same criticism from adherents of other faiths.

“I am in a difficult situation,” he admitted.

On the burning issue of violent conflicts in some parts of the country, President Buhari said he was putting in his best.

He told the delegation that following his dissatisfaction with the performance of the police in Zamfara State, he ordered a massive transfer of officers and men who had stayed three years and above in the troubled state.

The President, however, appealed to the religious leaders to instruct their followers on the importance of possessing their own voters’ cards which he described as a “national entitlement,” and to preach justice to all which is an instituted pillar of Islam.

President Buhari, who revealed that he had received a “stiff bill” from the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for the restoration of the dilapidated infrastructure and facilities of the Federal Government-owned radio stations in all states of the federation, promised that something would be done.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Vice-President, Sheikh Hadiyyatullahi Abdulrashid, commended the President for accomplishing much of what he promised before his election.

He likened him to the captain of a capsising ship and the messiah needed by the country.

Sheikh Abdulrashid also spoke about the alleged marginalisation of Muslims, violent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen, the problems of drug abuse among youths, as well as the fate of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Kaduna, among other issues.

Sharia Supreme Council Visits Buhari, Calls For Tougher Security Measures

Sharia Supreme Council Visits Buhari, Calls For Tougher Security Measures.
President Muhammadu Buhari with members of the Supreme Council for Sharia at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on June 25, 2018.

 

A delegation of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria has paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

President Buhari received members of the council on Monday at the Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Vice-President, Sheikh Hadiyyatullahi Abdulrashid, revealed that the council was seriously worried about the security situation of the country.

He stressed the need for tougher measures to tackle the repeated killings in the northern region and urged the President to revisit the challenge of insecurity in the country.

Sheikh Abdulrashid further advised President Buhari to ensure that only men of integrity were employed in the police, military, and other security agencies to ensure efficient service delivery to all Nigerians.

He, however, commended the President for accomplishing much of what he promised before his election and described him as the captain of a capsising ship and the messiah needed by the country.

The also spoke about the alleged marginalisation of Muslims, violent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen, as well as the problems of drug abuse by youths among other critical national issues.

Responding to the burning issue of violent conflicts in some parts of the country, President Buhari said he was putting in his best.

He told the delegation that following his dissatisfaction with the performance of the police in Zamfara State, he ordered a massive transfer of officers and men who had stayed three years and above in the troubled state.

The President said further that the allegation of marginalisation illustrated the difficulty in his job, noting that he faced the same criticism from adherents of other faiths.

He, however, appealed to the religious leaders to instruct their followers on the importance of possessing their own voters’ cards which he described as a “national entitlement,” and to preach justice to all which is an instituted pillar of Islam.

Politics: Boko Haram Attacks Will Reduce In 2014 – Ejiofor

A former Director of State Security Services, Mike Ejiofor, has predicted a decrease in the activities of the Boko Haram sect in 2014 as political activities increases and the nation gears up for state elections in Osun and Ekiti States as well as the forthcoming 2015 general elections.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Ejiofor said: “I’ll tell you outright from forecasts, the activities of Boko Haram are going to go down with the rise of political activities,” he said, insisting that the sect is politically motivated.

The appointment of new Service Chiefs, including the Chief of Defence Staff is also no guarantee that “the activities of Boko Haram will go underground,” he said, faulting the new CDS’ promise to bring an end to the insurgency in before the 2015 elections.

“I believe he should have settled down to study the situation,” he said.

Commenting on the state of the nation’s security, Ejiofor stressed that progress was being made. “In 2013 for instance, we made a lot of progress in terms of security. You can see that the issue of Boko Haram is now restricted to Borno in particular, with occasional splashes in Yobe and some parts of the North East.”

The current situation, he said, “is unlike what we had in 2011 – 2012 when it was bombing everywhere. You had in Kaduna and Kano. It was all over, even in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

“I think we made substantial progress in 2013,” he said but stressed that there were “spill overs from 2013 to 2014.”

According to him, the greatest challenge Nigeria will face in 2014 is on the political front because of preparations for general elections. “I would concentrate more on the political threats.”

“The outcome of the governorship election coming up in Osun and Ekiti states is very critical to the general elections coming up in 2015.

“We should worry as a matter of fact” he said, referring to developments in the polity part of which he said was the mass defections from the PDP to the APC.

According to him, “PDP to Nigerians is just like what the Catholic Church is to the Christendom” and it is healthy for the nations democracy when politicians move in and out of political parties.

On the forthcoming elections, he said: “We should expect some level of violence this year in terms of political activities”.

“INEC should put all they have together and make sure that Osun and Ekiti elections come out clean. At least they should be able to score at least 80 to 90 per cent because we would be deceiving ourselves if we say we expect 100 per cent.”

On INEC’s decision not to conduct elections in the three states currently under emergency rule if security threats persist, Mr Ejifor mentioned the possibility of elections in the state based on the success of local government elections in Yobe state.

He also drew attention to comments made by certain individuals concerning the forthcoming general elections. “My worry is the utterances being made by some elders that would tend to compound our already existing problems.”

“Politically, if we don’t moderate our utterances, it’s going to create a lot of problems.”

He berated elder statesmen who have been making comments that would generate conflict in the polity.

On the arrest of Mr Nasir El-Rufai by the DSS for making inciting comments, Mr Ejiofor said there were bound to be reactions from the people because other individuals had made similar comments and were not seen to be called to order.

He said: “Government should be commended for the tolerance of opposition” as previous administrations had been hostile towards critics.

He further blamed some print media for its way of reporting news which “generates a lot of friction when there is none.”

“Some of our print media are part of the problems we are facing in our security challenges,” he said, citing ambiguous headlines as examples.

He called on the media to “play down on some of the security threats.”