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Dasukigate: Those Who Shared Arms Fund Now Regretting Their Actions – Buhari

Delta community, NIMASA
Posted: Jul 9, 2016 at 4:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Innocent Oweh


ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians not to be myopic in their assessment of his administration, saying those allegedly connected to the illegal arms procurement deal under the immediate past administration, were now becoming sober and regretful of their actions.

He said his administration prides itself in revealing the truth about the state of the economy at any point in time, adding that government was being preoccupied with stabilizing the country from its free fall orchestrated under the previous administration.

Buhari made these comments on Friday at the State House, Abuja, when he received a delegation of the Northern Christian Leaders Eagles Eyes Forum, who came on a courtesy visit.

The President was apparently alluding to an earlier report which also came on Friday, that a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosu, and 10 others who are standing trial for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn have indicated their intention to enter into a plea bargain with the Federal Government.

Those also standing trial with Amosun are two other staff of the Airforce – Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga.

They are being tried alongside eight companies, namely: Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, Mcallan Oil and Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited and Trapezites BDC Fonds and Pricey Limited.
“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.

“My administration will not hide anything from Nigerians because of our resolute commitment to restore the economic fortunes of the country and deliver prosperity to our people.

“I also want to urge you the religious leaders not to lose hope in the unity, stability and progress of the country,because 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,”the President said.

He also commented on lingering crisis between herdsmen and farmers in parts of the country,which had allegedly disrupted farming activities in some volatile states.

Buhari gave assurance that government was looking into the matter with a view to finding amicable solutions to these crisis.

His words,”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”.

He also lauded the Christian leaders for their support to the Federal Government’s anti-corruption campaign and other policies geared towards reviving the economy.

In his remarks, leader of the Forum, Pastor Aminchi Habu said Nigerians were not left in doubt that President Buhari’s anti-corruption war will eventually lead to the restoration of the lost glory of Nigeria.

Habu said,”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“.