President Muhammadu Buhari says his vision and objectives for Nigeria are very clear and he is on course to achieving them.
The president stated this when he received members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by its President, Reverend (Dr,) Samson Ayokunle in State House, Abuja, on Friday.
President Buhari stated that he had been doing his best to fulfill his electoral promises of securing the country, fighting corruption and resuscitating the economy.
According to him, fighting corruption takes longer time especially with the need to adhere to the rule of law.
He said: “It is on record that some cases initiated by the anti-graft bodies since 2003 are yet to be concluded.
“We will, however, not be discouraged. Where monies have been recovered, such monies will not find their way back to the looters as I have directed the EFCC to account for every money it has recovered and put them in a dedicated account.’’
Responding to the request of CAN for an overhaul of the intelligence gathering system, President Buhari said the “burden of intelligence gathering involves everyone especially district heads , traditional rulers, opinion leaders and religious leaders that are very close to the grassroots.’’
He added that bandits who were operating in various communities live among the people and enjoined leaders of thought in various communities to avail security agencies of information about the criminals.
President Buhari also told the visitors that he had assurances from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that the 2019 elections would be free and fair as he had been victim of fraudulent elections and beneficiary of free and fair election in the past.
“When I decided to put on this Agbada to see what the people are seeing in it, I tried three times, 2003, 2007 and 2011, but the fourth time, in 2015, I succeeded.
“We thank God and technology in the form of permanent voters card and card reader, because what they used to do was to look at constituencies, award the votes and then they will say whoever didn’t agree should go to court.
“When people are looking for what to eat, where do they have the money to go to court to pay the SANs?,’’ he said.
On farmers and herders clashes, President Buhari told the visitors that government was working towards finding a lasting solution to it.
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