President Muhammadu Buhari who met closely with his Aso Rock staff for the first time, has urged them to maintain integrity and honesty in their activities while in the state house.
The president speaking to his staff today at Aso Rock
While speaking with the presidential villa staff in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari, earlier this Wednesday morning, urged Nigerian workers to dedicate themselves more to their duties than yield to the temptation of taking government's property.
The president, added that anyone planning to make such a move had better learn from the experiences of those currently facing prosecution over various allegations.
“We haven’t touched anybody who did not touch public funds, you should behave yourself. If you don’t have houses in Abuja and the whole of Europe, you will sleep soundly.
“You and your family will earn respect. But, if you short-change the treasury, you will be caught and I pity your family, because people will be abusing them. People will be calling you big thieves; that how did you raise money to build all the houses in Abuja and Europe with your meagre salary.
“I think personal integrity is something to be encouraged. I assure you that I am absolutely dedicated to serve Nigeria. Those who behave themselves will never regret. But, those who don’t behave themselves, is their problem,” the president told the workers.
The president speaking with his staff
The president, who was meeting closely with Aso Rock staff for the first time, told them all fraudulent activities must stop, saying those in doubt about the efficacy of his administration’s anti-corruption war should ask those caught so far with public funds.
“This exercise (anti-corruption war) will continue as long as this leadership is here. Whoever takes anything that does not belong to him, or that he is not entitled to, it will be documented and the person will be taken to court. This is the only way I think we can bail ourselves out,” the president said.
The president said it was a disgrace that 27 out of the 36 states cannot pay salaries of their workers, despite all the income they have been getting over the years.
Speaking on diversification of the economy, President Buhari said although Nigeria decided to return to the farm as an alternative to oil, because of the prices, nothing much could be done this year.
“We have to quickly go back to the farm. It is too late for this year. But, next year, we will make a better arrangement to make sure next year, we can feed ourselves,” he said.