Read Everything Buhari Said At The Presidential Media Chat With NTA and FRCN Today

Date: 30-12-2015 11:30 pm (5 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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President Buhari this evening hosted his maiden Presidential Media Chat since assuming office on May 29 this year. The journalists that interviewed are: Kayode Akintemi (Channels TV), Munir Dan Ali (Daily Trust), Ngozi Anyaegbulam (Media World International),  and Ibanga Isine (Premium Times). During the chat, he spoke on many issues.












How are we doing with the fight against corruption?
Buhari:

"Thirty years ago as Head of State, we collected those we perceived to be corrupt and put them in protective custody, until they prove they were not guilty. At present, those suspected of being corrupt are innocent until they are proven guilty. 
"We have documents showing Nigerian crude oil was lifted illegally and proceeds are put into personal accounts instead of Government account. We are in court with suspected corrupt persons and we cannot comment until the court are through.We can only appeal to Nigerians to be patient."
"Our constraint is that the accused persons have to defend themselves in court to defend themselves. So, we cannot release their names to the public until the issues are completed in court. Whatever we recover will be presented in court. "The documentation in court include bank statements and documents from Customs Service that are to be presented in court. Until then, we ask Nigerians to have patience." 
"We have to be patient and await outcome of courts decision. Government will only react through the Ministry of Justice after the courts have finished with matters before them. "We have documents showing where monies have been lodged."


Is there need to rejig the EFCC, ICPC?
Buhari:

"We have to be very sure of the documents we get and we have to cross check records sometimes across countries and in the EFCC. Those who were engaged in the theft of oil were people of substance and have the wealth to hire the best of lawyers to defend them.
We need to submit fool-proof documents to succeed in prosecution.
How many people have ICPC prosecuted in the past? That is why we are being thorough now. By the end of first quarter of next year, we would be in a position to tell Nigerians how far we have gone. By the end of the first quarter of next year, we will tell Nigerians how far we have gone on the fight against corruption. I swore by the Holy Koran to defend the country's constitution and the law. So, we will not put any body above the law".


Asset declaration not so public after all, not fully made.
Buhari:

"I have declared my assets four times in the past. You have the constitutional right to go to the relevant government agency to go and seek for it. "They were deposited at the Ministry of Justice. If Ministry of Justice cannot produce my asset declaration form, then they too should answer some questions.
"Why me alone, why not others who were governors and Ministers as well. I think I don't have to ask them to give, it is your constitutional role."
Buhari says he swore by the Holy Quran to fight corruption

"‎By the end of the first quarter of next year, we will tell Nigerians how far we have gone on the fight against corruption. I swore by the Holy Koran to defend the country's constitution and the law. So, we will not put any body above the law."

On Asset declaration, he said "‎I have declared my assets four times in the past. You have the constitutional right to go to the relevant government agency to go and seek for it. They were deposited at the Ministry of Justice. If Ministry of Justice cannot produce my asset declaration form, then they too should answer some questions. Why me alone, why not others who were governors and Ministers as well. I think I don't have to ask them to give, it is your constitutional role."

On allegations that some members of his party that have been accused of corruption are being shielded from investigation, he said

"I don't tolerate corruption and I did not pick anyone that will corrupt my government. It is the right of Nigerians to take them to court. I have not taken anybody who is facing corruption charges. I cannot make the mistake of appointing anyone with corruption. Whoever is found to be corrupt would not only be sacked but prosecuted."

On the missing Chibok girls, Buhari said his administration is working towards their rescue
"‎We want to be sure that the girls are complete, safe and sound before we attempt any form of negotiation on the girls. We are still keeping our option. If a credible leadership of Boko Haram is ready for negotiation without any condition we are ready to listen to them. We are working with Niger, Chad and Cameroun on the girls. We have no credible intelligence of where they are. "

On the Shiite/Army clash, he said "‎The President of Iran spoke to me about the situation. But, I told him that as a government we have a system we must follow. "As the head of the Federal Government, I told him I will have to wait for the official report from the Kaduna State government from their investigations. To be fair to the both sides, we have to wait for the report of the inquiry. I expect the Kaduna State government will bring the report on the inquiry because the crisis happened in its domain. There are all sorts of allegations. So, we just have to wait for the report.  I was in touch with the governor of Kaduna state and the president of Iran talked to me about it. We have a system of investigation as a government and as the head of the federal government, I have to wait for official report before I comment. The Police and the SSS are doing their own role of finding out what happened. In any incident where lives and property were lost there is a standard way of doing things and people would be asked to come and give evidence. How can any group create a state within a state? I saw a clip in which some dissidents were virtually hitting the chest of Generals."

On the possible devaluation of the Naira, Buhari said
"Personally, I don't support the devaluation of the Naira. We handed over a secured country in 1979, but by 1984, nobody knew how much Nigeria was owing. The situation now is aggravated by the downturn in the petroleum industry. It is now per barrel and we have debt service of about N1.5 trillion and we have commitment on the ground. We have to reorganize the NNPC. We have to introduce the TSA. There were 45 accounts in the NNPC alone. Ministry of Defence had about 70 accounts. We have got about N1.5 trillion through the TSA. The oil downturn is very unfortunate for this government. Check previous records. Over 90% were recurrent. No country can develop without capital projects. We were in very very bad shape. I will not support devaluation of the Naira. I need to be convinced that there is need for the country to devalue the Naira. Is it against the dollar or pound? We have our priorities. To provided money to fund the projects we have already outlined, and not for those who want hard currency to import textile and toothpick."


Posted: at 30-12-2015 11:30 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
- gogoman at 30-12-2015 11:38 PM (5 years ago)
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BUHARI DON'T WORRY WE GO HAVE PATIENT, EVEN SELF WE GO HAVE JONATHAN JOIN AM
Posted: at 30-12-2015 11:38 PM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Amibomatc at 30-12-2015 11:50 PM (5 years ago)
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The same old shit.
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- Powerfulify at 30-12-2015 11:50 PM (5 years ago)
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How many times u"ll 2ell nigerians 2 hv patients?
Posted: at 30-12-2015 11:50 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- teral at 30-12-2015 11:53 PM (5 years ago)
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My guy you are funny.  No be lie so long you no fear anyone.  Keep your  gòod work
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- kp45 at 31-12-2015 12:21 AM (5 years ago)
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God will see us through and help us in this country.
Posted: at 31-12-2015 12:21 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- donkagawa at 31-12-2015 05:19 AM (5 years ago)
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Carry go baba buhari, we blieve you, let fire burn all da enemies!
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- dleg at 31-12-2015 05:42 AM (5 years ago)
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NNPC  45 accounts alone. Ministry of Defence had  70 accounts alone. Just thinking how many account will Ministry of Finance, Works, Aviation ettc have.
God bless Nigeria and help our current administration
Posted: at 31-12-2015 05:42 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- oloche1984 at 31-12-2015 06:17 AM (5 years ago)
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Lord Jesus have mercy!!!
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- botlex at 31-12-2015 06:44 AM (5 years ago)
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I don't really have a problem with this Buhari of a guy. Rather it's people like Tinubu who put him there i'm afraid of. Baba if you can fulfill at least half of your campaign promises then Nigerians will vote for you for second tenure.
Posted: at 31-12-2015 06:44 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dareshola at 31-12-2015 06:49 AM (5 years ago)
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what about the fight against boko haram ?
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- winace at 31-12-2015 06:52 AM (5 years ago)
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One, I don't understand wat he is saying so I dont bother myself to listen.
Two, I don't like stage plan media chat No matter wat he say. I can never believe and trust his government.
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- Giftous1 at 31-12-2015 07:43 AM (5 years ago)
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I watched it but my dear,if i say i hear half of wetin Bubu talk ehn,i lie oh.....the man needs rest seriously
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- winace at 31-12-2015 08:50 AM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: Giftous1 on 31-12-2015 07:43 AM
I watched it but my dear,if i say i hear half of wetin Bubu talk ehn,i lie oh.....the man needs rest seriously
.   My sista I think say na only me o. Seriously I don't understand him whenever he talks.
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- okatee at 31-12-2015 11:46 AM (5 years ago)
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buhari, I bliv in u.
Posted: at 31-12-2015 11:46 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- Fazob at 31-12-2015 12:16 PM (5 years ago)
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Stage managed media chat. why only NTA and FRCN. He probably might have received these questions 3 days before now and have rehearsed the answers severally before coming here.   
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- zezprincess at 31-12-2015 01:08 PM (5 years ago)
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Hahaha,me no even understand wetin he dey yan,abeg I need interpreter,anyway it doesn't matter for now cos I said it earlier a day to the interview,that it is a stage managed programme,where are other media houses? Abeg I no wan comment.
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- Novic at 2-01-2016 02:15 PM (5 years ago)
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Great one frm you mr president.
Posted: at 2-01-2016 02:15 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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