President Buhari vows to deal with looters of public funds

Timothy Choji, Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to deal with political office holders or public servants entrusted with the nation’s resources, but end up embezzling or mismanaging public funds.

The President read the riot act Tuesday night, when he hosted traditional rulers and religious leaders from across the country to breaking of Ramadan fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He maintained that the nation’s resources were meant to uplift the quality of life of the citizens not to be diverted to private pockets by selfish individuals or groups.

“This country is endowed by God with material and human resources. We are going to work very hard to explore it. We are holding public trust and we will not abuse it and we will not allow anybody to abuse it,”  he stressed.

President Buhari reassured citizens that he will never betray the trust reposed in him by Nigerians, no matter the challenges.

He charged the traditional and religious leaders to continue to educate and enlighten their followers on the importance of keeping public trust, saying that his administration would continue to promote the virtues of honesty, trust and accountability for the general good of the society.

The President, who thanked the traditional and religious leaders for their unrelenting support for government, urged them not to give up on promoting the virtues of peaceful co-existence and brotherliness among the citizens across the country.

Speaking earlier, on behalf of the delegation, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and Shehu Galadanchi, thanked President Buhari for the opportunity to break their fast with him.

They also lauded his administration’s socio-economic policies and programmes, aimed at transforming the nation’s economy thus, enhancing the standard of living of the entire citizenry.