President Muhammadu Buhari declared in Kano State that those who ‘wrecked the economy’ are the same people who are now jostling to contest in 2019.
The president spoke yesterday at an interactive session with a cross section of Kano society inside the Government House, as part of his two-day official visit to the state.
In attendance at the session were governors of Kano and Jigawa states, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Alhaji Abubakar Badaru, respectively, as well as the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II.
In an inference to the PDP’s time in government, president Buhari identified the fuel subsidy regime as one of the means by which the country’s resources was siphoned.
In Kano, the president admitted that of his three campaign promises, defeating corruption and corrupt people remain the most difficult challenges so far.
He acknowledged that the fight against corruption has not been full achieved.
Buhari, who asked for understanding, indicated his desire to reform the society for the sake of the youths and the country as a whole, even as he explained that under democracy, fighting corruption is a complex exercise than in a military regime.
He recounted his personal experience in fighting corruption which, at the end, he was also, jailed by the forces of corruption.
“When I was Head of State, I locked up the people from and took them to Kirikiri and asked them to prove their innocence.
“Only two of them were without guilt-a former minister from Hadejia-Bilyaminu Usman and Mallam Adamu Ciroma.
“But also, the forces of these corrupt people also ensured that I was also locked up and detained for three years,” Buhari said.
The president noted that things are a lot better for Nigerian farmers and that his administration has recorded tremendous improvement in agriculture.
He also said his administration has defeated the Boko Haram in the North East and explained that nothing can be achieved in a state of insecurity.
Buhari recalled how, in the past, insurgents besieged places of worships and even markets and universities to kill and maim innocent people.
“It is either that these people do not know Allah or they have failed to interpret properly the teachings of Allah.”