President Buhari's NTA Exclusive Interview

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Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari, was a guest at the breakfast show “Good Morning Nigeria” on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). He evaluated his performance in the last two months, lamenting that the challenges of insecurity, corruption and youth unemployment have undermined his resolve to immediately deliver on his campaign promises. Peep the highlights below;

On reported under-dealings and fraud in the nation’s oil and gas sector:

“We are going to make sure that those who perpetrated this crime against Nigeria will be faced with facts and be taken to our courts. We have got the cooperation of some of the countries that are the destinations of our crude and we are discussing with them. We have to maintain high confidentiality so that we don’t risk some of the people in Nigeria that are helping us to trace the destinations of this stolen crude and then the accounts where the proceeds are being paid instead of the Federal Government account. I do not think the NNPC knows how many accounts are there in which payments are made on Nigerian crude. The monumental fraud has been going on for a number of years, a lot of Nigerians cannot comprehend it.”

On National Assembly leadership crisis and his reasons for not interfering:

“I have to be very sensitive to the constitution of the country. I do not like to be told by anybody especially the legislators that I am interfering in their matter. There are three arms of government: executive, legislature and the judiciary. Over the last 16 years, they have developed the system of choosing their leaders. There is no way I can directly interfere. All I can do through the party is to appeal to their conscience that what I already observed, we should go over it as soon as possible. When I say we, I mean the APC. We cannot win the battle and lose the war.” <

On his recent visit to the US and concern shown by his host on the situation in Nigeria:

“If you can recall, we based our campaign on three basic issues in the country; firstly, security, secondly unemployment, especially of the youth and thirdly corruption. These are the fundamental issues that I tried to explain to G-7 on the invitation of President Obama (Barack). I went there and this was what I discussed with the President of the U.S, the Vice President, the Secretary of State and other organisations and NGOs in the US.”

On whether the U.S are now willing to sell weapons to Nigeria:

“It is not that we do not have trained personnel; not that we do not have basic infrastructure but the problem is that in spite of the money allegedly spent on the operations, the air force is virtually non-existent. The aircraft are not serviceable, the helicopters are not serviceable and they are few. There is the need for the air force to conduct a reconnaissance and support the ground troops. The arrangement made by the former government will soon expire. We have made this clear to America and G-7 and we need their cooperation.”

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