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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Presidential media chat: Buhari speaks on oil subsidy, chiibok girls, Army/Shiite clash, others

President Buhari this evening hosted his maiden Presidential Media Chat since assuming office on May 29 this year. The journalists that interviewed are: Kayode Akintemi (Channels TV), Munir Dan Ali (Daily Trust), Ngozi Anyaegbulam (Media World International),  and Ibanga Isine (Premium Times). During the chat, he spoke on many issues. Read all that after the cut...


How are we doing with the fight against corruption?
Buhari:
"Thirty years ago as Head of State, we collected those we perceived to be corrupt and put them in protective custody, until they prove they were not guilty. At present, those suspected of being corrupt are innocent until they are proven guilty.  
"We have documents showing Nigerian crude oil was lifted illegally and proceeds are put into personal accounts instead of Government account. We are in court with suspected corrupt persons and we cannot comment until the court are through.We can only appeal to Nigerians to be patient."
"Our constraint is that the accused persons have to defend themselves in court to defend themselves. So, we cannot release their names to the public until the issues are completed in court. Whatever we recover will be presented in court. "The documentation in court include bank statements and documents from Customs Service that are to be presented in court. Until then, we ask Nigerians to have patience."  
"We have to be patient and await outcome of courts decision. Government will only react through the Ministry of Justice after the courts have finished with matters before them. "We have documents showing where monies have been lodged."
Is there need to rejig the EFCC, ICPC?
Buhari:
"We have to be very sure of the documents we get and we have to cross check records sometimes across countries and in the EFCC. Those who were engaged in the theft of oil were people of substance and have the wealth to hire the best of lawyers to defend them.
We need to submit fool-proof documents to succeed in prosecution.
How many people have ICPC prosecuted in the past? That is why we are being thorough now. By the end of first quarter of next year, we would be in a position to tell Nigerians how far we have gone. By the end of the first quarter of next year, we will tell Nigerians how far we have gone on the fight against corruption. I swore by the Holy Koran to defend the country's constitution and the law. So, we will not put any body above the law".
Asset declaration not so public after all, not fully made.
Buhari:
"I have declared my assets four times in the past. You have the constitutional right to go to the relevant government agency to go and seek for it. "They were deposited at the Ministry of Justice. If Ministry of Justice cannot produce my asset declaration form, then they too should answer some questions.
"Why me alone, why not others who were governors and Ministers as well. I think I don't have to ask them to give, it is your constitutional role."
Buhari says he swore by the Holy Quran to fight corruption

"‎By the end of the first quarter of next year, we will tell Nigerians how far we have gone on the fight against corruption. I swore by the Holy Koran to defend the country's constitution and the law. So, we will not put any body above the law."
On allegations that some members of his party that have been accused of corruption are being shielded from investigation, he said

"I don't tolerate corruption and I did not pick anyone that will corrupt my government. It is the right of Nigerians to take them to court. I have not taken anybody who is facing corruption charges. I cannot make the mistake of appointing anyone with corruption. Whoever is found to be corrupt would not only be sacked but prosecuted."

On the missing Chibok girls, Buhari said his administration is working towards their rescue

"‎We want to be sure that the girls are complete, safe and sound before we attempt any form of negotiation on the girls. We are still keeping our option. If a credible leadership of Boko Haram is ready for negotiation without any condition we are ready to listen to them. We are working with Niger, Chad and Cameroun on the girls. We have no credible intelligence of where they are. "

On the Shiite/Army clash, he said

"‎The President of Iran spoke to me about the situation. But, I told him that as a government we have a system we must follow. "As the head of the Federal Government, I told him I will have to wait for the official report from the Kaduna State government from their investigations. To be fair to the both sides, we have to wait for the report of the inquiry. I expect the Kaduna State government will bring the report on the inquiry because the crisis happened in its domain. There are all sorts of allegations. So, we just have to wait for the report.  I was in touch with the governor of Kaduna state and the president of Iran talked to me about it. We have a system of investigation as a government and as the head of the federal government, I have to wait for official report before I comment. The Police and the SSS are doing their own role of finding out what happened. In any incident where lives and property were lost there is a standard way of doing things and people would be asked to come and give evidence. How can any group create a state within a state? I saw a clip in which some dissidents were virtually hitting the chest of Generals."
On the possible devaluation of the Naira, Buhari said

"Personally, I don't support the devaluation of the Naira. We handed over a secured country in 1979, but by 1984, nobody knew how much Nigeria was owing. The situation now is aggravated by the downturn in the petroleum industry. It is now per barrel and we have debt service of about N1.5 trillion and we have commitment on the ground. We have to reorganize the NNPC. We have to introduce the TSA. There were 45 accounts in the NNPC alone. Ministry of Defence had about 70 accounts. We have got about N1.5 trillion through the TSA. The oil downturn is very unfortunate for this government. Check previous records. Over 90% were recurrent. No country can develop without capital projects. We were in very very bad shape. I will not support devaluation of the Naira. I need to be convinced that there is need for the country to devalue the Naira. Is it against the dollar or pound? We have our priorities. To provided money to fund the projects we have already outlined, and not for those who want hard currency to import textile and toothpick."
Regarding the continuous detention of Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu: Buhari said, "If you see the atrocities those committed against this country, we can't allow them to jump bail."

105 comments:

izy 2 nv said...

PMB HAS MORE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER NOW THAN EVER

Lydia Lady said...

Buhari...Nigerian president

Nwariaku Munachi said...

We are expecting an improved economy, good governance and creation of jobs for Nigerian youths. Buhari should not disappoint us.

Nnenne George said...

Too long jaré .. I can't read all.. Next plzzz!!!

2Face said...

Linda just watched it... nothing good coz he can't give good reasons regarding the card thing..

Ruphina said...

As usual. Mr bubu must always say something. Linda do something

Unique Treasure said...

we don hear.......























#she'sunique#

Tega Avwaghwaruvwe said...

Hmmm!! linda thumbs up! U r really very current

True Nigerian said...

God bless Nigeria.
I liked his responses, esp on dasuki n kalu issue.

Halfcast Boy said...

Well said sir

enekwe Kelvin said...

I watched it live our Buhari did not answer any question just beating round the bush I think the journalists are scared of bushing him to answer the only question her answered very is the question concerning igbos biafra protest and nnamdi kanu's case mehn this country is going down pls let us pray hard for God to help us in this country.

kelvin andre said...

Watched it already

Eric Nesty said...

Weldon sir.
(LIB'S FINEST)

livingstone chibuike said...

I go read later.

stellamoon chiakpo said...

Really? I no blame you Mr president

Fisayo Oluwayemi said...

I don't even understand thus baba anymore, please can someone in # one word summarise all he said tonyt

AliBaba DeKingMaker said...

1. I don't know how it ended but that madam Ngozi was wasting her airtime giving sermons instead of questions
2. #MYOPINION#

emeka4rl said...

I wish i was the interviewer,, any way

Anonymous said...

Just some days back in4maton minister said on life tv that the chibok girls wer in sambisa forest that's y the military can't go on full offensive. And today Mr president is saying their whereabouts is unknown. Who do we bliv?

nwabz said...

Zey wil pace za kwansikwensis op Zia kwaraptible ackshin... I see Patience watching the tv and saying "Shai! Shai!! and people will say that I do not know how to speak good Ingliss"

A*B Nice said...

Well Said Sir. May God Almighty Continue To Guide And Protect U

CLASS CAPTAIN said...

LETS BLAME JONATHANS ADMINISTRATION FOR THIS

Olaaliu said...

The talk too long...I will read later

Muhydeen Suleiman said...

na the woman i pity pass cos she look like a mumu there

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

Na nw I understand wetin him talk. I watched the program but his pronunciation no let understand am lol






Lili tell your blog am not a robot biko


~make I go drink one bottle of beer~

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

God help us all


Can LIBers see me at all? Am I invisible?

Ibe Kingsley said...

Well said Aunty Linda but Mr Lai should stop blaming Jonathan's Govt

henry dion said...

We all do respect 2mao ends 2015
#needanalibitojoinmetastethenewgeishasardine

Anaekwe Ucheslimj said...

This one nah long story oooh,abi u no get video make we kukuma watch am







anaekwe.ucheslimj@gmail.com

Chidozie Bruce said...

Was watching it, its just feel like he told dem wot 2 ask, hate dem, de will talk bad 4 his bck come face 2 face and b askn rubbish questns #sneh

Dafizy Flamezy said...

Mr president sabi dodge question oh. He doesnt give a direct answer. Currently watching d chat. #IamMe

SHORTEST DUDE said...

I no even send!
RUBBISH

STERN said...

This FOOL BUHARI is still talking about chibok girls! ! Geez I resemble pikin for your eye? What nonsense lie is this for Christ sake???

Adejoke fasasi said...

Allahs our strenght





#Hajia Mufliat

kingsareborn2rule said...

.......And about Biafra and Nnamdi KANU?






#HaveyouprayedforNigeriatoday

Anene Maryann said...

Corruption Corruption Corruption!!! Everybody there is Corrupt including u Mr. President, U re Corrupt. Lawless Country

Linda's bestie...

Nwa Nnewi.

Michael Akpan said...

....TSA is working

Adeniyi Adeyinka said...

Well said my President, may God give u the knowledge and sound health to return this country to the path of progress and prosperity.

Adeniyi Adeyinka said...

Well said my President, may God give u the knowledge and sound health to return this country to the path of progress and prosperity.























Whykay

Anonymous said...

Government of the wicked by the wicked for the wicked . Pride goes before a fall. You make life miserable for Nigerians over elite few. Nigeria in diaspora cant withdraw their so called 275 naira per dollar ,you restrict me on how to spend my money. Dumb ans over Chibok girls, dumb ans over naira that is already devalued ,dumb ans over oil subsidy abi crude oil. Think i should add dumb outrageous 2016 budget borrow. SIMPLY PUT return dollar as u met it at least .KNOW IT ALL ADMINISTRATION. Dairis God in Patience voice.

Barca4life said...

Nigerians please wake-up before it is too late. One chance

Vivian Reginalds said...

He just beat around the bush without landing on anything concrete
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Olumide Iyanda said...

Thank God we have a leader not a ruller

Gyasi Sirimou said...

now we know. why Iran was demonstrating. that shiite group were trying to form a caliphate imagine them combing with Boko Haram chai.

We have to be careful ooo. and to think that for 40 years they have been in existence is crazy. got international help hmmm.

Buhari said he swore by the Qu'ran and no one is above the law which law was he referring Nigerian constitution or the laws in the Qu'ran?

Olatee said...

From d way he speaks I think/believe he has d interest of dis our great country @heart.
May God grant u all dat s required to govern dis country in d right way. AMEN!

Clement Sunday said...

Visionless and confused

Anonymous said...

Bad Guy Wizkid, Abeg help me See What Wizkid is doing to this girl on stage?

Ademuyiwa Adewale said...

Sai Baba #GodBlessLinda

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma kingsley Wenceslaus said...

Oga nah u dey holy pass u no commit atrocity

Anonymous said...

Idiot!

Anonymous said...

@STERN: U are being monitored for quite some time now abt ur "constant abuses" against d president..Even though d social media is meant to express ur feelings wheather positive or negative,but it does not give u d audacity to call PMB "names".Pls be careful and desist from this childish attitudes!

Anonymous said...

Ur mother is an idiot!

ibrahim abdulsalam said...

Sai Baba!! Tazarce..2019

Anonymous said...

Then come back home you citizen of a dumbass country.

Anonymous said...

Getout!sounding like a person with down syndrome . He swore by the quran cos his a Muslim. A christain will swear with the bible during inauguralions.

Anonymous said...

Ur hate has blinded u! Continue hating and he will continue to be ur president.

BEST OPINION said...

HIS ANSWERS are very EVASIVE and incredibly DUMB.

Anonymous said...

You local village are you from,if you don't no thing keep ur mouth lock mumu.

Endydecency said...

Nigeria jagajaga, I couldn't make any meaning from all he said. The only thing I noticed was that at the mention of Igbos and Nnamdi Kalu Buhari face turned to red and became beastial.

Anonymous said...

Fire will be ur food now and hereafter,stupid you never progress in ur life in jesus name olaku.

Uzodave Startech said...

When you have a president that's talks with great humility. #IRepLIB

chyyy said...

Staged journalist asking nonsense questions. Dy are jst affrid 2 ask Buhari question. I expected 2 hear questions of his plans 2 move up Nig economy we are lacking behind. Dy are dr talking corruption bla bLa bla

Anonymous said...

Opo. Serious one. What have u contributed to our economy from afar. Dey dere dey lament

Anonymous said...

It is u clement that is visionless and ofcourse useless. Cos sb that has home training would not call sb old enough to be your grandfather that.Word

Ashley Onuoha said...

Really noticed dat too

Anonymous said...

that's cos u didnt want to. Many others did. And he spoke the truth about Kalu, if you want to be arrested for treason u might well join him.

Anonymous said...

Zombie o! Zombie in Felas voice

Emmanuel Ehoida said...

Pr buhari we still waiting for d change#linda take note

Wale Mikael said...

LMAO!!! Buhari is just a comedian. Na real no for those who want to import textile and toothpick. LWKMD.

Emmanuel Apalowo said...

Ur English said it all

FUTURE LEADER.X said...

THINGS ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE SOLID SHAPE. WE WILL VERTAINLY BE IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE THIS TIME NEXT YEAR ECONOMICALLY.

Godwin Oseezy said...

I love this man, and I believe in his theories. Even if he doesn't meet up to the high expectations, I'm sure he'll do better than the previous government.


Wild flowers!

emebo tony said...

u can't read all. after now u'll come and argue baseless arguments. smh

emebo tony said...

Dasuki and kanu... these men are really in for it.

***我爱你 (Wǒ ài nǐ)***

ULIKHIFUN SARAH said...

For sometime now, I have not seen Bonario and Onyx comments. Are they on break

Anonymous said...

Ode,oloshi,olodo,hypocrite @Nnenne

Ufere Ejike said...

who even permitted thos media chart. This is putting more insult to an injury. I don't think any good thinking and reasoning human being will everderive pleasure listening to this nonsense. In fact, i don't want to talk about this. Let me take my brandy.

Anonymous said...

Ask him the questions and I believe he will answer them

Anonymous said...

A little more time is required, please

Anonymous said...

If you dont have anything to say, please never bother to comment nah

Anonymous said...

No matter what you say, he is our President and there is nothing anybody can do about it

Anonymous said...

We are satisfied with Mr. President's response, please

Anonymous said...

What is in English Language? Please be proud of your own Language and free yourself from mental slavery that English language is more superior. It is not

Anonymous said...

Let thunder strike u for warning stern..what rubbish! When GEJ was abused abd called all sorts of names was anyone threatened? If you annoy me I'll fish you out and we settle this personally. Nonsense!

Ipadeola A.A said...

I'm sure u know he is old enough to be ur grandfather. Ur comments re alwys very disrespectful. Its pple like u dat make every1 look down on ibos as being disrespectful. Pls learn to criticise responsibly.

Ipadeola A.A said...

But that's the truth. Pple go as far as importing brooms. Hw do u justify dat.

Anonymous said...

I think the team was selected by the presidency to ask selected questions that was not well answered. The press team as not serious

lucky boss said...

If u ever called gej names and you are condemning stern for doing the same to buhari then you are a big fool .. useless hypocrites

chikezie ernest said...

You will be the only one going down not my country

Tarkper Clement said...

So all the noise these journalists make on air when the time come to ask mr President questions these were all they remembered? #senators asking ministers questions and journalists asking Mr President dumb questions all na d same...
I expected real intelligent and hard hit questions... Not these one that sounds to me like nursery rhyme.

Tony said...

Lwkmd.....ur a mop!!!

Tony said...

Lwkmd.....ur a mop!!!

bhaire said...

Biko oga goan sleep not only jonathan u did not obasanjo babaginda and d rest na jonathan una sabi blame. Blame him naaaa after all akon said u can put the blame on me

bhaire said...

The both of u are very stupid individuals dats why u guys are anonymous how dare u insult someones mother am very sure u dont have a mother if not u wiĺl never open ur loud mouth to do so.
Then the second anon u should never use the Jesus i worship to lay curses is dat what u where taught in your bible

Anonymous said...

Pls don't be confuse cos that's how they want us to feel (confuse) instead u can believe me there is no chibok girls kidnapping I bet u

Anonymous said...

Yes keep blaming jonathan u will see no more mind to blame any more after all that what this administration is bent on doing until their tenor el laps we all know that a bad workman always quarrel with his tools

Anonymous said...

Pls don't be confuse cos that's how they want us to feel (confuse) instead u can believe me there is no chibok girls kidnapping I bet u

Anonymous said...

That is my President talking. I just love this man. I dont care what anybody thinks. Buhari we are praying for you in my church. You will succeed in Jesus Name

Fakency Alexander said...

lets focus on d new yr

Anonymous said...

Upon all the 2 billion naira that Dasuki gave to native doctors for spiritual prayers, Jonathan still lost elections. Does that not tell u something that God is with Buhari? Wailing Wailers cut the game and give up!

Sandra said...

How can u read when u know he is speaking the truth. Ewu

Sam said...

Pls dont use christ's name when u are disrespectful to your elders. Jesus is not with u on that biko.

omoniq said...

Well said

omoniq said...

Well said Mr President

adrian aigbe said...

Anonymous 11.31 pls y'all should stop waving this grandfather card. Buhari is a public office holder and people will use words, its unfortunate but expected.

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