President Muhammadu Buhari has warned workers to do their job with integrity and not fall to the temptation of stealing government’s property.
The president gave this warning during a meeting with presidential villa staff in Abuja on Wednesday, June 22. The president warned anyone planning to make any corruption move should think twice and learn from those facing charges for similar offences.
“We haven’t touched anybody who did not touch public funds, you should behave yourself. If you don’t have houses in Abuja and the whole of Europe, you will sleep soundly.
“You and your family will earn respect. But, if you short-change the treasury, you will be caught and I pity your family, because people will be abusing them. People will be calling you big thieves; that how did you raise money to build all the houses in Abuja and Europe with your meagre salary.
“I think personal integrity is something to be encouraged. I assure you that I am absolutely dedicated to serve Nigeria. Those who behave themselves will never regret. But, those who don’t behave themselves, is their problem.”
“This exercise (anti-corruption war) will continue as long as this leadership is here. Whoever takes anything that does not belong to him, or that he is not entitled to, it will be documented and the person will be taken to court. This is the only way I think we can bail ourselves out.”
President Buhari said it was sad that in spite of the income states were receiving, 27 of them could still not pay the salaries of their workers.
President Buhari thanked the State House staff for their service to the nation and urged them to remain patriotic. “I’m asking you to re-dedicate yourself to your country.
As I said thirty years ago we have no other country than Nigeria. We are determined to rehabilitate the country for coming generations.”
The president said the security situation in the country especially the Niger Delta region was worrisome and that the situation was competing with that of the north east. He said the Niger Delta situation is capable of doing more damage to the country.
He said his administration was committed to diversifying the economy and noted that the current year was already late but a lot will be achieved in 2017.
“We have to quickly go back to the farm. It is too late for this year. But, next year, we will make a better arrangement to make sure next year, we can feed ourselves,” he said.