“Let’s all reunite to fight against corruption” -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday
appealed to Nigerians, irrespective of their political
or ethnic affiliations, to form a united front against
corrupt practices in the society.
The President, who made the appeal when he
hosted members of the All Progressive Congress to
the breaking of fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,
reiterated that “if we don’t kill corruption,
corruption will kill Nigeria.”
He also enjoined members of the APC to drop their
differences or influence in order for the party to
achieve its campaign promises to Nigerians.
According to him, the APC-led administration is
determined to fulfill all the three basic promises of
addressing security, economy/employment and
corruption, which it made in its manifesto.
“No matter the level you are, drop your influence
so that we can help achieve the manifesto –
security, economy, employment and corruption-
because if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will
kill Nigeria.
“We have to ensure that people we bring forward
are those that will move the society forward,” he
said.
President Buhari, who narrated how the APC
successfully defeated the PDP-led Federal
Government in the March 28 presidential election,
commended former Lagos State Governor, Bola
Tinubu for his support and words of
encouragement.
Buhari said, “I always like to go down the memory
lane to show how lucky we are as a political group.
“At no stage was the decision taken by chance, it
was all deliberate.
“The leaders of the parties felt the only way to
wrest power from the PDP was for us to come
together.
“I, in particular, was scared after previous failures
of the elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011.
“We dissolved our various parties to form APC,
then we applied to INEC, for once I was grateful to
INEC.
“We had gone with nine people to INEC to apply
and INEC advised us that we needed at least 25
people to form a political party.
“We were able to go back and raised 35 members
across the country and then successfully
registered the party.
“INEC then informed the federal government that
we have met the requirements hence we cannot be
denied registration.
“Many doubting Thomases said merger had never
succeeded in Nigeria but here we are.
“I went into this long explanation so that you will
appreciate how far we have come and for a
society as ours, if we respect the constitution, then
all the greed and problems will be a thing of the
fast.”
In his remarks, Tinubu, who spoke on behalf of the
party members, frowned at the insinuation in some
quarters that the Buhari’s administration was too
slow.
He said the APC-led administration could not clean
the “16 years mess of the PDP in 30 days.”
Tinubu described the APC as an Armoured
Personnel Carrier, saying it represented the
diversity of Nigeria.
He thanked President Buhari for bringing together
people of various backgrounds, regardless of
religious affiliations, to break the fast with him..
“We believe this diversity will continue to propel us
to economic growth under your leadership,” he
said.

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