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Looters of public funds will be forced to return the loot, Buhari vows

President Muhammadu Buhari has again restated his commitment to ensuring that looters of public funds were made to return the loot.

According to him, whoever is caught as having stolen from the public will be forced to return the loot to the treasury.

He said: “The nation needs the money.”

He spoke at a meeting with the Council of Abuja Imams at the State House on Thursday.

President Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said on the war against corruption and the Boko Haram terrorism, his government would remain resolute and relentless.

“We have no plan to humiliate or embarrass anyone through these actions.  We are merely interested in instituting justice and fairness for all”,  the President assured.

Buhari, who said that his government is acutely aware of challenges of life facing the average citizen, appealed to Muslim religious leaders to carry the message of hope to the people that things will improve.

The President requested religious leaders throughout the country “to keep calming the people.

“The leadership at various levels is trying to solve problems of poverty, unemployment and insecurity bedeviling the country,” he said.

He said the government chose to give priority to agriculture so as to create jobs for unemployed citizens and give the country food security.

He said although efforts had begun, there was a bigger plan for the provision of fertilizers, insecticides and land preparations starting next year.

To key into this, the President requested state governments and community leaders across the country to organise the population into cooperative societies, stressing that “extension services, not money will be provided.”

The President also addressed the religious leaders on the efforts to improve power supply in the country with  on-going efforts to bring foreign investment from China and some friendly countries that indicated willingness in developing the proposed Mambila and other hydro-electric power projects in the country.

President Buhari assured that the steps the government was carefully taking on the crisis situation in the Niger Delta would lead to long term peace and stabilise the region.

Earlier, the Chairman of Abuja Council of Imams, Dr. Tajudeen Mohammed Bello Adigun on behalf of the delegation commended the efforts of the Buhari administration in the war against corruption and terrorism.

He also drew the President’s attention to problems in the economy, health services, education and unemployment.

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