President Buhari cautions elite on business as usual

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the Nigerian elite to stop insisting that things should be done the ‘old way’, which impoverish the nation.

The President said that his administration was on the right track to improve the image of Nigeria by entrenching accountability and probity in governance.

He was speaking at a meeting with a group of Nigerians in the Diaspora, on the sideline of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa held in Senegal.

President Buhari told the 11-man delegation of Association of leaders resident in Senegal and Cote D’ Ivoire, that the last 16 years of poor handling of the nation’s resources and infrastructure have continued to impact negatively on the country.

“This administration is pleased to win the election and we are pleased Nigerians are cooperating with us. But the problems are so enormous that we need the cooperation of Nigerians, particularly the elite. They (elite) should reflect on the condition of the country and stop making expensive demands, because things cannot be done the old way,’’ the President said.

On the welfare of Nigerians in the Diaspora, President Buhari assured them that government would continue to promote good neighbourliness and improve on the negative perception about Nigerians abroad.

“Nigerians are known for their competitiveness and I am very passionate about Nigeria. I will continue to preach good neighbourliness and work hard to improve the numerous human and material resources in the country,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian community, Cote D’ Ivoire, Adebayo Yahaya commended the President for his bold and unflinching fight against corruption, saying “Nigerians are praying for your success, don’t relent, do not lose hope, the Almighty God is behind you.’’

The President of the Nigerian community, Senegal, Mr Osas Edigin told President Buhari that Nigerians in the country have enjoyed excellent relationship with their host nation.