Return Our Money and Have Your Peace, Buhari Tells Looters
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday persuaded those who have plenty of money that do not belong to them to try and negotiate, return it in peace so that we can both be in peace otherwise we will continue to request that they return our stolen wealth.
Buhari, who stated this while receiving a cross section of Nigerians mostly Muslims who came to his residence within the precinct of the Presidential Villa to pay him sallah homage, also said that Nigeria unity remained not negotiable.
He called on militants in the Niger Delta to change their minds and support a peaceful effort to turn Nigeria around.
Recalling the famous quotes of former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, the president said that the task of keeping Nigeria as one indivisible entity was a task that must be done.
He noted that the slogan in the 1960's 'Go On With One Nigeria' (GOWON), was very apt now as keeping Nigeria one was a task that must be done.
Explaining that there was a lot of improvement on security in the North Eastern part of the country in the last one year, he said that the attention now was on the Niger Delta region.
"On security we have made a lot of improvement, Boko Haram, militants there is improvement. We are now concentrating on the militants to know how many of them in terms of groupings, leadership and plead with them to try and give Nigeria a chance.
"I assure them that the saying by Gen. Gowon that to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done. In those days we never thought of oil, all we were concerned of is one Nigeria. So please pass this to the militants, that one Nigeria is not negotiation and they had better accept. Nigerian constitution is clear as to what they should get and I assure them there will be justice."
Stressing that there were lots of problems in the country, he revealed that the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, was working very hard with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to ensure that about 13 states start production of rice.
According to him, the programme is good and giving the country confidence while many farmers are already going back to the field.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who noted that the period was a time for forgiveness of sin, said that the past one year had been tough.
According to him, the administration was busy clearing the mess it met on ground.
He said that the administration was committed to placing the country on a sound footing. He however added that things were already looking up.
He prayed that the President would have the wisdom and strength to overcome any challenge facing the country.
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, who led the delegation, prayed for God's wisdom, good health and success for the President as he steers the ship of state.
The president during the homage was presented with Sallah greeting cards and a mirror.
Those who attended the Sallah homage included Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; Primate of the Church of Nigerian (Anglican Communion), Nicholas Okoh; Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar; National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongunu; Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
Also part of the delegation are the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) FCT Chapter, Israel Akanji and Dr. Kabir Adam of the National Mosque, Abuja.