The government of President Muhammadu Buhari believes it has the support and trust of the Nigerian people as demostrated by the understanding they showed when the government removed subsidy on petrol early this year.The President therefore promised that his administration would return the gesture by strengthening critical institutions needed for the development of the country.
Garba Shehu,President Buhari’s spokesman said in a statement that the president make the remark while speaking at an interactive session in Berlin with representatives of the Nigerian community in Germany.
“We are working hard to empower our institutions especially our educational institutions,” he said.
“If you educate a person, that is the best you can do for him. But if not, you make him susceptible to religious, ethnic, negative thinking and action.
“Nigerians are virtually supporting us in our fight against corruption, security and the economy.
The President referred to Rolls Royces recently discovered in the homes of certain Judicial officials as a clear indication of the rot in the country and the fact that the war against corruption in the country was on course.
“There are things that are happening, and if such had happened before there would have been major riot, like the removal of subsidy on fuel,” he said.
He also indicted bankesr in the country who over the years connived with oil marketers to defraud Nigeria of much needed revenue from the commodity.
“One third of the activities of the oil marketers are fraudulent, you can see how some of us Nigerians are wicked,” he said.
“They just take the money, stamp some papers without bringing the product; and this fraudulent activity was between bankers and businessmen.”
President Buhari made it known that his government would continue to to be “very hard on corruption,” in addition to encouraging more Nigerians to pay their taxes.
“If you work hard and get your money we will try and see how much tax you can pay us.But to take money from government and get away with it, no more,” the President concluded