The Federal government of Nigeria is making efforts to compile a list of all the stolen monies recovered in the various currencies of which it was gotten.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari stated this at a meeting of the National Executive Committee of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC which held in the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
In the fight against corruption, he said the reorganization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has helped in keeping track of the sales of Nigeria’s crude oil.
“We have tried to make sure that NNPC is reorganized, so that we know how much of our crude is taken, how much it is sold and to which account the money is going. But I tell you that up to the time we came, if anybody told you that he knows how much of crude exchanges hands either on the high sea or reaching their destination and the accounts the money goes into,that person is not telling you the truth. We are getting the cooperation of countries that have received this crude. But we have to be sure of the facts in our hands before we start prosecution so that Nigerians will believe what we have been telling them.
Effort is being made to give a list of recoveries in whatever currencies so far so that Nigerians will know that it is not all about long stories,” he said.
He appealed to the people of the Niger Delta to stop sabotaging the efforts of the government in the region so that area will be conducive for foreign investments.
For the first time, Nigeria’s president responded to the questions raised by Nigerians on his foreign trips.
“For globe trotting, sometimes, you need to present your case on personal basis to your economic colleagues and neighbors. Nothing is better than personal touch and I believe that we are learning a lot and eventually, the nation will realize,” the president explained.
The president spoke on the gains his administration has achieved from the Treasury Single Account, TSA.
“The policy we are trying to implement is TSA. When we insist that we have to know what comes in and what goes out for us to make a comprehensive amendment to the economy. If you go and see the Central Bank Governor, he will tell you that in the TSA, we have more than N3 trillion. Where would this money have been if TSA was not in vogue?
I was made to understand that vouchers would have quickly been raised towards the end of the financial year and checks made. Whether they are going into projects or private pockets, nobody can prove it to you. But that money is there, it is identified, it is quantified and when the budget comes back eventually, the Ministry of Finance will see how to allocate it to the rest of the country”.
He decried the consistent violence during elections saying registered voters ought to have the freedom to vote without fear.
“I am afraid I did not succeed in the election in Kogi, Bayelsa, Rivers. I think that more Nigerians are killed or killed themselves in Rivers than in any particular state. At this stage of our political development, to remain brutal is shameful and as a government, I promise we will do somethin by the next general election.”
President Buhari made an appeal to the members of the Executive committee which is also the highest decision making body of the APC to continue to work in unity and not to get tired of making sacrifices for the success of his administration.
Meanwhile, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun during his address called on the party members to dedicate themselves to the vision of the president.
“Yes, it is true, these are hard times, but hard times create challenges. Challenges call for men and women to agree in leadership, united, focused, passionate in the policies that they stand for, which means that this party must rediscover itself, which means that this party must stand as one behind the success of our president and for the policies that we stand for and for the promises he has made to the Nigerian people,” Oyegun said.