Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed that if elected as president of Nigeria, corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into his administration.
The retired army general made the promise during a speech he gave at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, earlier on Thursday to a resounding round of applause from the audience.
Regarding the Nigerian economy the APC presidential candidate identified two ills – waste and corruption.
He also promised that if elected president, he will “first and foremost plug the hole in the budgetary processors”: Revenue producing entities like the NNPC and Customs and Excise will only have one set of accounting books that will be publicly displayed and regularly audited.
Gen. Buhari also accused the present administration of creating two economies in one nation – one for the few who have an abundance in their tiny islands of prosperity and another for the vast majority who have so little in the vast ocean of misery.
On democracy, he said that it is globally accepted that democracy is not an event but a journey and the destination of that journey is “democracy consolidation”, a state where democracy is so rooted and so rooting and widely accepted by all actors.
On Boko Haram, Gen. Buhari promised that as President, he can assure the world that they would have no cause to worry about Nigeria as it has recently.
He assured that as President, he will lead from the front.
On being referred to as a former dictator by a wide section of the British press, the APC presidential candidate said he takes responsibility for whatever happened under his watch.
As closing remarks, he said he couldn’t change the past but can change the present and future.
Finally Buhari said, On March 28, Nigeria has a decision to make. To vote for the continuity of failure or to elect progressive change. I believe the people will choose wisely.”
You can watch the full speech below: