President Muhammadu Buhari has in a landmark interview disclosed that there are saboteurs in his government because some people are not ‘’100 per cent loyal’’. He also said Nigeria will “go against” the International Monetary Fund, IMF because he does no believe in the devaluation of the Naira.
Speaking in interview with Aljazeera, Buhari questioned the loyalty of some people in government. “People who want to be fair to us to sit and reflect; from the President to the ministers to the permanent secretaries, they were all taken over after eight successive governments of those who are now in the opposition. So, we cannot assume that all of them are 100 per cent loyal to this government.”
Buhari’s assertion confirms the fears of the All Progressives Congress ,APC chairman,Odiegie Oyegun who recently led a team of party chiefs to express fears over sabotage from within.
The president’s declaration also confirms reports reaching Newsdiaryonline that some key individuals have been fingered over some alleged misdeeds and they are being watched closely
Target News Online learnt that getting all top officials to buy into Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign has been a tough challenge as hold habits appear to linger.
Nigeria to Go Against IMF,Won’t Devalue Naira
President Buhari has also reiterated his position that Nigeria will not devalue the Naira.He even said, Nigeria will go against IMF advice on the issue of devaluation.
“If devaluing the Naira is against our national interest, why won’t we go against the IMF advice?” the president asked.
We ‘ve Reduced the Cost Of Governance
Buhari also said “I would like people to assess Nigeria, especially this government on where we found ourselves. When we came in, we found out that there were 42 ministries and we found out that the economy could not take 42, so we reduced it to 24. We also removed 21 permanent secretaries,” he stated.
Biafra Agitators Are joking With Security
Speaking on the renewed agitation for Biafra, Buhari said, “At least two millions Nigerians were killed in the Biafra war. And for somebody to wake up may be they weren’t born. Looking for Biafra after two million people were killed; they are joking with the security and Nigeria won’t tolerate Biafra”.
Nigeria Will Remain in OPEC
Buhari also said despite all odds, Nigeria will remain in OPEC.“We were unable to diversify our economy, hence we are much more disadvantaged by the low oil prices and OPEC may try to help us out but really, it is basically our own fault. It is not under my leadership that Nigeria will pull out of OPEC. We will make the necessary sacrifice to remain in OPEC. OPEC as an organisation has to be mindful of economic conditions in each member country because that will influence that country’s ability to go along with its decisions.
Also in the interview,Buhari reiterated that the battle against Boko Haram has not failed as no local government area is under the control of the insurgents nationwide.
This interview was first published on News Diary website