President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) delegates who visited him in Aso Rock that he is doing his best to actualise his vision and objectives for Nigeria and that he is well on course towards achieving them.
Delegates of the Christian body leadership were led to meet with Buhari by its president, Reverend (Dr,) Samson Ayokunle.
A statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, revealed the President told his visitors that he was doing his best to fulfill his electoral promises of securing the country, fighting corruption and resuscitating the economy.
He noted that fighting corruption takes longer time especially with the need to adhere to the rule of law.
“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 EFCC to account for every money it has recovered and put them in a dedicated account,” Buhari said.
According to the statement, Buhari in response to CAN request for an overhaul of the intelligence gathering system, told his visitors that the burden of intelligence gathering involves everyone especially district heads, traditional rulers, opinion leaders and especially religious leaders that are very close to the grassroots.
He went further to say that bandits who are 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.
Buhari was also said to have told CAN he had assurances from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the 2019 elections will be free and fair as he has 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?” Buhari was said to have added.
On the issue of farmers and herders clashes, President Buhari told the visitors that government was working towards finding a lasting solution to it.
CAN delegates were said to have earlier lauded the President for his efforts in fighting corruption, the initiatives to stem the tide of unemployment, the various efforts aimed at revamping the economy, the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and the implementation of the Bank Verification Number and the Treasury Single Account.