It’s our responsibility to jail those who stole from Nigeria’s wealth – Buhari

It’s our responsibility to jail those who stole from Nigeria’s wealth – Buhari

Chidi Samuel|

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said it is the responsibility of his government to imprison those who enrich themselves at the expense of the country.

The President stated this at the presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Teslim Balogun stadium.

Buhari told the huge crowd that if re-elected, he would continue the fight against corruption and fulfill all the promises he made in 2015.

He said, “I assure you, whoever is entrusted with public property, his primary responsibility is to account for it.”

“If the proper thing is not done, we will eventually get a hold of them, take away what they have stolen and get them in prison. This is our duty, this is our responsibility and I assure you we will continue to do it.

“I assure you that the promises we made in 2015, based on which you elected us, we’ve made tremendous progress and I have mentioned through others what the administration is doing on security, economy and fighting corruption.”

Earlier in the day, the President inaugurated the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) advanced cancer treatment centre in Lagos, with a pledge to ensure that facilities for the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of cancer are available to many more Nigerians.

At the inauguration of the state-of-the-art centre in LUTH, Idi Araba, President Buhari announced that the model will be replicated across the country to bring quality, first-class healthcare services to cancer patients in Nigeria.

He said, ‘‘We are aware that up to 40 per cent of funds spent by Nigerians on medical tourism is attributable to patients seeking treatment for cancer. Despite having an increasing number of citizens suffering from cancer, we until now, had only two working radiotherapy machines in the country.

‘‘Working through the NSIA and LUTH we utilised a PPP model that unlocked investment capital to directly address this issue. We will replicate this model across the country to bring quality, first-class healthcare services to as many Nigerians as we can.

‘‘Indeed, over the coming months, under our leadership, the NSIA will commission two Modern Medical Diagnostic Centres to be co-located in the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano State and the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, Abia State, respectively, bringing additional investment to Nigeria’s healthcare sector,’’ he said.

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