PRESIDENT BUHARI: “IF ANY OF MY ASSOCIATES OR PARTY MEMBER IS INDICTED OF CORRUPTION, THEY CANNOT ESCAPE JUSTICE”

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At a recent interview with the CNN anchor, Christiane Amanpour, President Muhammadu Buhari reiterated his resolve at ending the culture of corruption that has eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nigeria state, he said that his government will not spare any member of the All Progressives Congress as well as associates found culpable of corruption.

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The President, who is currently on a four-day visit to the United States President, Barack Obama, said   “If any of my associates or party member is indicted of corruption, they cannot escape justice. There is not going to be any APC member or any close personality found guilty that would escape justice,” he said. Buhari reiterated his commitment to ending insurgency in the country, noting that the release of the Chibok girls was a paramount agenda of his government. “Our main objective as a government is to secure the release of those girls safe and sound, back to their schools and rehabilitate them to go back to their normal lives. So, if we are convinced the girls would be delivered safe and sound, we will negotiate.”

The President said he was not disappointed that President Obama did not choose to visit Nigeria. He said that he would send a formal invitation to the US President to visit Nigeria. “I wouldn’t say I was disappointed that President Obama did not choose to visit Nigeria but I wish that he would change his mind and come to Nigeria. Well, I asked him to come and would send a formal invitation,” he said. Reacting to criticism against his administration, Buhari said it was too early for people to pass judgment on him based on his campaign promises. He said, “I think I can be held accountable for my promises in the next quarters I have ahead of me. I think it is too early for anybody to pass judment on my campaign promises.”

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