Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration will deploy recovered looted funds to infrastructural development of the country, during his campaign rally in Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday.
There, the president vowed to prosecute those who abuse trust.
He said: “We are going to continue to take those who abuse trust before the law; collect what they have stolen and re-invest them in infrastructure.
“I assure you that the undertaking we made in 2015, in the three major issues, the 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 fertilisers available and reduced prices. People are now back to the farms and nobody regretted it.
“We have ensured food security and people are living respectable lives… In fighting corruption, we are not going to give up.”
On his part, APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said Kwarans have, over the years, been held captive by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
“This is celebration of Kwara state’s freedom. It’s being long they have been swindling your collective patrimony. And, Bukola Saraki is being 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 betrayer. We are chastising Bukola Saraki. This is the celebration of the fall of Berlin Wall. This is the celebration of the end to oligarchy; the emperor that has been existing for years.”
APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, told the crowd of supporters that the end of the Saraki dynasty has 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 underdeveloped Kwara and has controlled governor more than the master controls his cook. He has reduced Kwarans to mere beggars in their own political and economic life.
“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, Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, said “on the November 17, 2018, 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 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.”