18 April 2016
After the official commissioning of the new residence of the Nigerian ambassador to China, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Nigerian community in China at the Nigerian House in Beijing.
During the meeting, the President reaffirmed his commitment to winning the war against corruption in the country and warned oil and gas vandals to desist from their actions or face the fate being faced by the Boko Haram terrorist sect who are being routed out by the Nigerian Army in the North East.
According to a press release from the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President is quoted to have said: “I ask for your support to make our vision of stamping out corruption a reality in the shortest possible time.
“Whoever is caught will not be spared. The government is still being dared, but those who are sensible should have learnt a lesson. Those who are mad, let them continue in their madness.
“I am aware that in the last two weeks, the national grid collapsed a number of times. I hope this message will reach the vandals and saboteurs who are blowing up pipelines and installations. We will deal with them the way we dealt with Boko Haram”.
The President further assured that his government is working hard to overcome numerous national challenges in order to deliver on the administration’s promise of a better Nigeria.
“Clearly, our vision of a diversified and inclusive economy will not be achieved overnight. It will be a long, and in some cases, painful journey.
“I am very confident we will get there. But we must start that journey now. We hear proposals for short cuts or quick wins.
“However, all we need to do is look at our history to know that there are no quick wins or short cuts in fixing Nigeria. The many decades of damage and destruction cannot be repaired overnight.
“The reform program we are implementing is not because oil prices are below $45 per barrel today. It is because when oil prices were over $100 per barrel, majority of Nigerians were still suffering.
They were simply forgotten and left behind. So, our reforms are to ensure that the majority of Nigerians are not left behind.”