President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday restated that his administration will continue to bring those who abuse public trust before the law.
He added that proceeds recovered from embezzlers would be reinvested in the infrastructural development of the country.
President Buhari said this at a rally in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
“We are going to continue to take those who abuse trust before the law; collect what they have stolen and reinvest them in infrastructure,” the president stated on the campaign trail.
“I assure you that the undertaking we made in 2015 in the three major issues All Progressives Congress (APC) believes in (security, economy and fight against corruption), we have not failed.
“Wherever I go I repeat myself on these issues so as to remind you where this country was before we came in, where we are in now and what we are able to do with the resources that are at our disposal. The people of the North east as far as security is concerned, are our major witnesses of our performance.
“On the economy, we thank God the three previous rainy seasons were good. We made fertilizers available and reduce the prices it used to be. People are now back to the farms and nobody regretted it. We are able to ensure food security and people are living respectable lives; in fighting corruption, we are not going to give us.”
In a remark, National Leader of the APC Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said that Kwarans have over the years been held captive by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
According to him, “This is a celebration of Kwara state’s freedom. It’s been long they have been swindling your collective patrimony. And Bukola Saraki is been doing that. We are not here for conspiracy. We are not here to quarrel with the Saraki dynasty as Gbemisola Saraki is with us.
“She is a scion of the Sarakis. We are here to reject overlordship. We are here to say no to Bukola’s enslavement. He is a betrayal. We are chastising Bukola Saraki. This is the celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is the celebration of the end to oligarchy; the emperor that has been existing for years.”
National Chairman of APCnAdams Oshiohmole told the crowd of supporters that the end of Saraki dynasty had come.
“For Bukola it is finished. I cannot wait till Saturday for Kwara people to celebrate their new found freedom. Also it will be a day for Kwara people and for Nigerian politicians that the evil that their political son has done to their political father has befallen him.
“Suffice to say that for 16 years Bukola has underdeveloped Kwara and has controlled more than the master controls his cook. He has reduced Kwarans to mere beggars in their own political and economic
“The confession of Bukola Saraki after his defection from APC exposes him as a selfish politician. To him politics is about juicy jobs. That is why I am happy to be here to see the actual translation of ‘enough is enough’.
“Everything that has a beginning must have an end. It is the day the people that have been at the receiving make up their mind to confront the oppressors, that the oppression is over. That is the case of Kwara and the case of Bukola. I join you, the people of Kwara, to celebrate your new found freedom.”
Also commenting, Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed, said “on November 17th by-election, I said our party has broken the Berlin wall of Kwara politics. I said then that we will repeat the same thing during the 2019 elections.
“The elections are now here. It is time to retire those who have held the state down and make our people and our state very poor. They have been deceiving the people. They have been blaming the Federal Government for their failure.
“When they can’t pay workers salaries they blame the Federal Government, when they cannot provide road they blame the Federal Government. Voting them is giving them license to continue to loot. They say the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has not done anything in Kwara state. Tell them it is a big lie.”
The minister reeled out the major infrastructural achievements of the government in the state.Chairman of APC in the state Bashir Bolarinwa said the state under the Saraki oligarchy had been underdeveloped, saying “as a first generation state, our infrastructure and institutions do not depict our status. We unfortunately are too behind other states created much later. It is a pity. We prayed, we hoped, and made a decision, that we are indeed tired of this group, of the reincarnation of the biblical Pharaoh. But Kwarans have decided that our own Pharaoh must let Kwara go.
“Today’s rally is a culmination of our collective resolve to declare and let it resonate clearly that ‘enough is enough’ indeed.
“After all the tenet of democracy is that the people decide who should govern them. Since the people have ‘oto ge‘, let enough be enough. They should pack and go. I appeal to you all to add to our clarion call
of ‘oto ge.’”