President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians would soon come to know the elites who have engaged in plundering the country’s common patrimony over the years.
Addressing members of the Nigerian community in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, the president emphasised that he would not relent in pursuing all those who abused public trust.
“We will be merciless and relentless in pursuing all those who abused public trust. Nigerians will see how some of the elite conspired to run the nation down,” he said.
Buhari, who was on a two-day visit to the country for talks with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on measures to protect the people and resources of the Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea, reiterated that his administration’s war against corruption would remain “fearless, relentless and merciless” Buhari condemned the recent political violence in Rivers State, describing the killings over political differences as primitive, barbaric and unacceptable.
“We will deal decisively with all sponsors of violence. I have given the security services clear directives in this regard. We will show that violence in any form will no longer be tolerated before, during or after elections,” he added.
Buhari also disclosed that his administration would encourage the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to explore the possibility of Nigerians abroad voting in the 2019 general elections.
He noted that some African countries had started allowing their citizens resident abroad to vote in national elections, saying he fully empathised with the desire of Nigerians in the diaspora to vote in national elections.
The president said he would do all within his powers to fulfil that desire, adding: “I want all Nigerians to know that I respect them and their right to choose their leaders”.
He also disclosed that establishing a new national airline was not currently on his administration’s list of priorities.
Responding to complaints by members of the Nigerian community about the absence of direct flights between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, Buhari said the main area of focus of his government now was reducing the level of poverty in the country.