Political appointees have abused trust – Buhari

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said political appointees have abused trust. He also said that the security situation in the North West and the North Central was disturbing and the security agencies were expected to do more. He assured the security agencies of more funding to enable them meet their challenges.

The President these after observing the Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family members in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

He said all past and present cases of corruption will be fully investigated, “This is why we put the commission in place.”

When asked about his thoughts on revelations from the EFCC and the Niger Delta Commission probes, he replied, “There has been abuse of trust by people trusted by previous administration and this administration.

“A number of assets have been recovered and some money. But we have introduced TSA where all the monies are taken and I said asset should be sold and the money be put through TSA so that it can be identified at any level and I will see who will come after us and take it back again to those who misappropriated public funds.”

He cautioned youths in the Niger Delta against the vandalization of oil pipelines in the oil-producing areas as this results in environmental pollution.

“Those who are blowing pipelines and interfering with the production of petroleum products are hurting their people more than the rest of Nigerians because majority of their people are fishermen, fisherwomen and farmers.

“Now if they pollute the land and the waters, the fish goes into the deeper sea where the people cannot go and they cannot grow anything. They are hurting their immediate communities more than any other thing.”

On the occasion of Eid-EL-Kabir, he said,” I wish Nigerians the best of luck. In the Eid-el-Kabir sermon, the Imam has said it all, we want security, prosperity and well being of all Nigerians. We want Nigerians to be very conscious of their country.

“What we inherited when we came in 2015 was Boko Haram in North East and the militants in the South-South. Nigerians know that we have done our best.”

To heads of security agencies, he admonished them to put in more to achieve better results.

“We are making available resources to them to even do better. What is coming up in the North West and North Central is very very disturbing indeed.

“But I believe the military, the police and other law enforcement agencies from the report am getting, I think they could do much better. They could do much better but we are keeping them on the alert all the time to do their duties.”

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