We’ll Fight Pipeline Vandal Same Way We Fight Boko Haram – President Buhari

Ptesident Muhammadu Buhari vowed on Wednesday to go after oil and gas installations vandals, the same way the military has fought members of Boko Haram insurgent in the North East.

Buhari, who spoke in Beijing, China warned vandals to desist from such activities that will affect electricity supply in the country.

Speaking at a meeting with members of the Nigerian Community in China, President Buhari also reaffirmed the war against corruption.

He said he was going to fight the corruption war with zeal, adding that corruption has destroyed the lives of many Nigerians.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said: “I ask for your support to make our vision of stamping out corruption a reality in the shortest possible time. Whoever is caught will not be spared,

“The government is still being dared, but those who are sensible should have learnt a lesson. Those who are mad, let them continue in their madness.

“I am aware that in the last two weeks, the national grid collapsed a number of times. I hope this message will reach the vandals and saboteurs who are blowing up pipelines and installations.

“We will deal with them the way we dealt with Boko Haram..

“Clearly, our vision of a diversified and inclusive economy will not be achieved overnight. It will be a long, and in some cases, painful journey. I am very confident we will get there. But we must start that journey now

“We hear proposals for short cuts or quick wins. However, all we need to do is look at our history to know that there are no quick wins or short cuts in fixing Nigeria. The many decades of damage and destruction cannot be repaired overnight.

“The reform programme we are implementing is not because oil prices are below $45 per barrel today. It is because when oil prices were over $100 per barrel, majority of Nigerians were still suffering. They were simply forgotten and left behind. So, our reforms are to ensure that the majority of Nigerians are not left behind,” the President told the gathering.

President Buhari also assured the Nigerian community that his administration was fulfilling its promise of improving security across the country.

“When we came into office in 2015, Boko Haram insurgents occupied 14 Local Government Areas. Today, I am pleased to say the insurgents have been routed out of these local governments and their capacity to fight as a force has been significantly degraded.

“We will continue working hard to ensure that the group is eliminated. This is achievable. And we will not settle for anything less,” he said.

 

Author: News Editor

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