Corrupt politicians behind killings in Nigeria – Buhari’s aide

The Presidency on Monday blamed incessant killings across Nigeria on ‘corrupt’ Nigerians who are fighting President Muhammadu Buhari by all means.

Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, said this at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat in Abuja while addressing newsmen.

“The problem is that the competition of power in the country has become fiercer and fiercer because the stake is very high,” he said.

Shehu argued that the politicians who have no access to public treasury have continued to distract attention of President Buhari because of war against corruption he has unleashed on them.

According to him, “The President has unleashed on the country the war against corruption, the type that had never been seen before. Assets are being recorvered from powerful people.

“The president is lucky, he has a judiciary which is transforming itself, which is on the same page with President in fighting corruption. As I speak to you now, you know that two former state governors are in jail.

“A lot of people thought this war against corruption is a joke, and that the back and forth that has characterised this overtime will continue. One of the two cases we are talking about is determined after 11 years of back and forth into lawyers and judges, kicking the balls from this hut to hut.

“Now, they have descended on the country. A new era and a new aura that is ensuring the conclusion of these cases – a lot of these hash attacks against the President, are coming from people who had become used to lifestyle they can no longer sustain,”

The president’s aide noted that those criticising Mr Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not give up as 2019 elections drew closer.

“As we have on record, there were people in this country because they were influential, they had permanent suites attached to them at major hotels in Abuja. They will just come, they will take key, and live lavishly on public expenses.

“One day, when they are leaving, they were accompanied by bags of Ghana-must-go. The President has blocked access to national resources by lazy people. Therefore, he is being fought, not because people are not happy, this is a government that is building long delayed infrastructures,” he said.

He stressed the country has generated more electricity than before, adding that government is presently looking for a way to resell it.

“This country will become the country of rail ways, there is no state in the country where a minimum of two Federal roads are not either be newly constructed or being reconstructed.

“We have more power (electricity) than can be consumed by DisCos, 2000 megawatts of the electricity, nobody is taking excess and by the year’s end, we are going to hit 10,000 megawatts from 2,600 Megawatts we inherited.

“And so, the burden government is how do we sell this power? How do we take it to Nigerians who need it? So,  these things are building up and I assure you that they won’t give up as we hing our ways towards election.

“They will continue to fight the president but the happiness we have is that ordinary low level Nigerian understands huge conspiracy against them and they are with the President.

“And that the elite are going places like America, United Kingdom, they are clicks in ports, Abuja, Lagos and some cities in the country, trying to quash the goodwill of the President towards the ordinary Nigerians but this economy is being rebuilt, more foreign investment is coming, more infrastructure is being given to Nigerians and even the security infrastructure which has suffered neglect over the past years because one of those people attacking president…if they had done what they should have done, equipping the police, training them, equipping the army training them, this will not have built up to a situation where they will be called upon and they will be fall short.

“But nobody is doing as much as the military or the police, even prisons is you see the infrastructure that is being put in place, you will think that government is trying to lavish comfort but it is not. If you see EFCC.”

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