President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the ongoing war against corruption is not selective but aimed at ensuring financial and economic discipline in the country.
He spoke on Monday when he visited the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabiru Usman, at his palace in Katsina, Katsina state.
Buhari said that his administration would not relent in recovering all Nigeria’s stolen funds.
The president charged traditional rulers across the country to spearhead the campaign for peaceful and harmonious co-existence among the diverse socio-political groups in the country.
Buhari, who is on a four day state visit to Katsina state, said the call had become imperative in view of the activities of some groups, who had been preaching hatred, disunity and divisive tendencies among Nigerians for their selfish motives.
He enjoined all Nigerians to always ignore those individuals and groups calling for the break-up of the country due to their inability to achieve their selfish goals.
The president who narrated the role he played during the civil war in Nigeria, said over two million lives were lost during the war.
He also expressed concerns over the prevailing harsh economic realities across the country just as he called on the traditional rulers to assist in educating their subjects on the need to be patient and to always exercise restraints while commenting on state of the nation.
The president also called on community leaders across the country to introduce monthly or quarterly meeting in their respective communities to address issues concerning their welfare.
According to him, such meeting will provide solutions to some challenges facing the people rather than waiting for government’s intervention to resolve such problems.
Buhari appealed to leaders to always be honest and straightforward while dealing with the people in order to ensure good upbringing of the younger ones in the society.
On the current economic hardship being experienced in the country, the president attributed such hardship to dwindling oil revenue occasioned by the unstable global oil price.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to diversify their means of livelihood by engaging in agricultural activities to alleviate their sufferings.
In his remarks, the Emir of Katsina called on the Federal Government to fulfil its promises of completing the dredging of River Niger as well as the Katsina state water and dam projects to boost irrigation farming in the state.
He also called for the federal government intervention in reviving teacher training colleges to uplift the quality of education in the country.