Buhari Vows To Bring Ikoyi Gate Culprits To Book
President Muhammadu Buhari, has restated his commitment to sanction all those found culpable in the $43 million stashed cash found at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. The President made the disclosure in Abuja while receiving a report of the panel established to review the operational, technical and administrative structure of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
Buhari described the discovery of monies in the flat at Osborne Towers, as an ‘‘unfortunate incident which rightly aroused public interest and outcry.’’ Buhari however reassured Nigerians, that justice will be done in consonance with his anti-corruption policies.
‘‘All the circumstances surrounding the obtaining, keeping custody and disbursement of the funds have been examined by the Vice President’s Committee and all those found to be culpable will be made to account and appropriately sanctioned.
‘‘However, it must be understood that this cannot be done in a manner that jeopardises national security or exposes the operations of any intelligence Agency, which must, by nature be conducted in secrecy. Suffice it for me to assure all that justice will be done consistent with our anti-corruption policies,’’ the president said.
President Buhari commended the Presidential Review Panel on NIA led by former Minister of Foreign Affairs Babagana Kingibe, for making it’s report swift and expeditious.
The President however expressed optimism that the recommendation of the panel and that of an earlier Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate the Osborne scandal will assist Government in improving the operations of the NIA and the overall National Security architecture.
‘‘Your Panel’s recommendation, informed as they are by your collective experience and expertise in this field, should in particular help to reposition the NIA to better perform its vital functions with greater professionalism.
‘‘The Osborne Tower incident and its aftermath has also brought to the fore the need to review the entire National Security Architecture, which has now been in operation as established 31 years ago. Once again, I thank you very much for undertaking this national assignment, ’’ he said.
president Buhari full speeh with ministers aft
here is the full tet of Mr president, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday after requested that all ministers should hand over
NIGERIA NEWS brings you full text of the President’s speech:
Today’s Federal Executive Council meeting is the last time we will meet as a cabinet before the commencement of the second and final term of this Administration.
Our first meeting in this chamber was in November 2015. Over the past three and a half years, we worked together to deliver our campaign promises. I strongly believe that it is this teamwork that led to the successes recorded during our first term
Some of our colleagues, with whom we started this journey, unfortunately, are not here to join us in celebrating our successes.
Specifically, I must recognise our late brother, James Ocholi SAN who passed away in a fearful motor accident with his wife, Blessing and son, Joshua only four months after being sworn in as a Minister.
I want us to all put him, and indeed his family, in our memory. He was a true patriot committed to our CHANGE agenda.
I also acknowledge the contributions of other Council members who resigned before the completion of our tenure to pursue other opportunities
You will recall that when we started this journey, our country was facing numerous challenges.
We inherited a broken economy which eventually went into recession in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. The situation was further compounded by insecurity and massive corruption.
Many would have given up. Indeed, many outside commentators said our situation was well nigh hopeless. However, we all came together and pushed forward to deliver our campaign promise to rescue our country from its parlous state.
Although we all had a common vision, we frequently had heated debates in this room on the best way to achieve our goals. These differing views are what made the decisions we took all the more rational.
It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term. Each of you in this room has a unique skill and strength. We are a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve. A diverse but tolerant nation where no one is silenced and where every opinion should be heard and considered
I want you all to leave this meeting proud to have served your nation to the best of your ability.
You should be proud to have been part of the Government that liberated the local governments previously under Boko Haram rule.
You should be proud to have contributed to our food security and economic diversification agenda which led to the revival of our rural agrarian economy
You should be proud to have been part of the team that developed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which led Nigeria exiting its worst recession in decades
You should be proud to have introduced the social investment program that enhanced livelihoods of millions of Nigerians.
You should be proud to have participated in settling outstanding pensions of many senior citizens abandoned by previous governments while supporting state governments to meet their salary arrears.
And of course, you should all be proud to have overseen the most ambitious road, rail and airport rehabilitation programs in the history of our country.
I want to put on record, that your achievements in the last three and a half hears has guaranteed your position in the history books of this nation. You have certainly built the foundations for an improved economy and a more purposeful government.
Although today is our last council meeting, I expect all of you to continue working until Tuesday, 28th May 2019 when you will officially hand over your schedules to your respective Permanent Secretaries. Your handing over letters should be submitted to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
I want to conclude by thanking all of you for agreeing to serve our nation during these difficult times. I want to use this opportunity to recognise the silent partners to this cabinet, your spouses, families and friends, who supported you through these years.
I wish you the very best of luck and pray for your successes, for dear families and our for country in the years ahead.
Thank you and God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Breaking: PDP Governor Endorses Gbajabiamila For 9th Assembly Speaker
The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has endorsed Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila representing the Surulere Federal Constituency, as the speaker of the house of representative, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
Mr. Femi said he is happy for the support of the Governor as he has been soliciting for his support and the support of other elected house of representative.
The Governor pleads to the lawmaker to work in a team with Mr. Femi by not considering any political association. The All Progressives Congress, APC also preferred the candidate and ready to support him.
The Governor also urged the house of representative in the state to be in support of Mr. Femi and ensure he is successful.
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