Friday, February 19, 2016

We will build stable, prosperous Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the international community that his administration was determined to build a stable and prosperous nation. He gave the assurance in his speech at the
reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps in Abuja. “We are resolved to build a stable and prosperous Nigeria, a country that is inclusive of all her diverse peoples and a country that is at ease with itself. “Building such a country will not be possible where corruption is pervasive. “Mindful of this, it has become necessary to wage a relentless war against the cancer of corruption. So long as corruption holds center stage in the affairs of Nigeria, the country will continue to suffer incalculable harm,’’ he said. The president said the diplomats were witnesses to the preliminary findings that emerged in the past few weeks from the administration’s investigations into corrupt practices in different sectors of Nigeria’s Public Service. He said he would leave no stone un-turned in the efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption. “I must however, add that in doing this, we shall operate within the ambit of the law.” He recalled that in a similar fight in the past, and armed with the might of military muscle, he had led a government that required persons presumed to be corrupt to prove their innocence. SEE ALSO: Buhari as good news for Europe He, however, noted that now as committed democrats, and in a culture of deepening democracy, “we respect the law that presumes all persons innocent until they are proven to be guilty”. Buhari said that Nigeria had no choice, nor could the country afford to be an island in itself, thus it had partnered its neighbours and beyond in its developmental initiatives. He said that his administration was pursuing the foreign policy vision anchored on meaningful engagement with Nigeria’s neighbours, the African continent and the world at large. “We would continue to build strong partnerships, strengthen regional ties and promote global solidarity.

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