I Will Prosecute Those Who Stole National Resources In Few Weeks, Buhari Tells Gen. Abubakar, Oritsejafor

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President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday in
Abuja that the prosecution of persons who have stolen national resources will
begin in a matter of weeks.
Speaking at a meeting with members of the
National Peace Committee led by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar in the Presidential
Villa, President Buhari declared that his administration was irrevocably
committed to doing all within its powers to break the vicious cycle of
corruption, unemployment and insecurity in Nigeria.
“Nigeria has to break this vicious cycle
before we can make progress,” the President said, adding that his
administration was diligently getting facts and figures pertaining to the
nation’s stolen funds, before proceeding to the prosecution of identified
culprits.

President Buhari told General Abdulsalami
and members of his committee that the Federal Government, under his leadership,
will not only ask for the return of stolen funds that have been stashed in
foreign banks, but will also ensure that those who stole the funds are put on
trial in Nigeria.
The President also said that as part of its
actions to address the national problems it inherited, his administration was
reorganising Nigeria’s revenue generating institutions.
The President explained that a single
treasury account had been established for all Federal revenue to ensure greater
probity, transparency and accountability in the collection, disbursement and
utilisation of national funds.
“We have really degenerated as a country.
Our national institutions, including the military, which did wonderfully on
foreign missions in the past, have been compromised. But we are doing something
about it. The military is now retraining and morale has been resuscitated.
“As Petroleum Minister under Gen. Olusegun
Obasanjo in the 1970s, I could not travel abroad until I had taken a memo to
the Federal Executive Council asking for estacode. Now, everybody does what he
wants.
“That is why security-wise and
economically, we’re in trouble,” President Buhari told his guests, adding that
those who have stolen the national wealth “will be in court in a matter of
weeks and Nigerians will know those who have short-changed them.”
Gen. Abubakar and members of his committee
urged the Federal Government to be guided by the rule of law in its fight
against corruption.
Members of the National Peace Committee who
accompanied Gen Abubakar on the visit were Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, His
Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, Cardinal John Onaiyekan,
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
and Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria.
Others were Justice Rose Ukeje (rtd), Prof
Ameze Guobadia, Vanguard Newspaper Publisher, Sam Amuka, Dame Priscilla Kuye,
Senator Ben Obi, Dr. Yunusa Tanko, and Dr Arthur-Martin Aginam.

The National Peace Committee, formed before
the 2015 general elections, was granted permission by the President to
transform to a National Peace Council.

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