Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu
As he marks in the present day, December 17 as his birthday, Muhammadu Buhari, driver of change and mobiliser of voters continues in his function as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, main by setting examples because the nation wades by way of the thick waves of corruption, insecurity and a Covid economic system.
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The qualities of uprightness and incorruptibility have given the largest push to Muhammadu Buhari each as a army Head of State and a two-term democratically elected civilian President of Nigeria.
As an assistant in his workplace, I attest to the truth that the Buhari phenomenon isn’t a product of promoting. In any case, consultants within the subject educate that advertising and marketing can’t promote a foul product. No matter how a lot cash, as long as what you’re promoting doesn’t measure as much as expectations or is pretend, all efforts in that advertising and marketing will fail.
With self-discipline and consistency, President Buhari has satisfied a majority of Nigerians and his friends who’ve retained him because the continent’s anti-corruption champion that he’s honest, credible, incorruptible and that he stands for good governance.
Upon his assumption of workplace in May 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari sat at lengthy conferences with groups led by Permanent Secretaries and heads of the varied authorities businesses and departments. Those conferences took a number of months to go spherical and had been in impact, chargeable for the delay within the appointment of ministers into his first cupboard.
Before his inauguration, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari wasn’t allowed to fulfill authorities officers, simply as we witnessed in America just lately, till the incumbent President agreed that the incoming President Joe Biden be met and briefed.
President-elect Buhari due to this fact didn’t benefit from an official view of issues as a result of the administration he succeeded had determined that “there will not be two governments in place in the country; wait for your time”.
So the President-elect bided his time till he took the workplace earlier than getting an actual glimpse of what was the character of the treasury to inheriting; the state of safety; initiatives happening and the disposition of the general public service to implement his bold plans.
One of the earliest guidelines set by the chief on the inception of the administration was that “I will not be corrupt and I will not let anyone of you to be corrupt.”
The probability to spell out this message clearly to the senior authorities officers and the enterprise group was when he met with the large firms dealing with authorities contracts: roads, railways, bridges, buildings and others.
On this specific challenge, the President had this essential message:”We have been knowledgeable that proportion cuts- 10 % or extra are constructed into contracts, to be shared amongst authorities leaders and civil servants. This should cease. We is not going to settle for kickbacks.
“We have equally been informed that handlers of major contracts build homes for government leaders. You buy expensive cars and maintain them for the beneficiaries. When they or close relations fall ill, you take them to hospitals abroad, including the use of air ambulances when that is warranted at no cost them.
“Our finding is that nothing you give is free. All such costs are built into government contacts. We don’t want that to continue.
“Most of you have built the reputation over the years for doing good jobs, delivering them on time. So we will continue to patronize your services. But the the high costs will be checked.
“From now going forward, the added costs and all this padding must end. If we ask for quotations from you, tell us the actual cost that the project entails. No ten percent, no added costs.”
An eerie silence greeted the riot act as learn by the President. No one in room complained towards the evaluation of the President nor was there a dissent.
A younger Nigerian designer, very profitable overseas produced a gold wristwatch of the well-known Rolex model and embossed the image of the President on its face. The President Commanded the success of the younger man’s model oversea, requested him to maintain the title of Nigeria flying however directed that the present be politely returned. The younger entrepreneur picked up his treasured wristwatch and left.
Among the important thing arguments for the Petroleum Industry Bill now being debated within the two chambers of the National Assembly is that it seeks to curb what critics say is the “absolute power of a president to award, revoke and renew licenses.” At the pleasure of previous leaders, influential people had oil wells gifted to them.
In an interview he as soon as gave, the instant previous Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and Chairman of the Board, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Ibe Kachikwu stated President Buhari as Minister and head of presidency by no means, not even as soon as did he direct him to challenge the present of oil effectively, this or that license, contract or any type of authorization however allowed all to come back by way of due course of.
President Buhari equally abhors ostentatious residing type. When a Permanent Secretary, at these early briefings introduced to him that he was in receipt of N400 million from the treasury for the acquisition of recent automobiles for his workplace, the President’s query was, “what is wrong with the cars left behind by the former President? They are alright for my use.” He continued to make use of these Jonathan automobiles till only a yr in the past when one of many two Mercedes Benz automobiles broke down on the best way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
That his austere and disciplined way of life weren’t a make-believe was on public show when the enterprising photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo captured the President in an image he was watching a soccer match at house in Daura.
Without which means to try this, that iconic image put out for the general public to see the austere furnishings together with a TV set not larger than 36 inches broad. An image tells greater than a thousand phrases.
Nigerians in hundreds had been caught saying, “wow, is this all that the President could have at home?”
In searching for a holistic method towards corruption, the President has spoken on a regular basis for the place of efficient audits and different systemic checks. He has promoted the adoption of e-government initiatives and revolutionary know-how. He discovered very progressive insurance policies on the drawing boards, the Bank verification Number, BVN; the Treasury single Account and the IPPIS Payroll service which the earlier authorities did not implement and promptly put the mechanism in place for his or her implementation. Arising from this, positive aspects from financial savings are in the present day being counted in trillions of naira.
In coping with contractors and contacts, that’s the place you discover oil within the palms of many leaders.
Everyone is aware of by now that President Buhari doesn’t use energy, discretionary or in any other case, to challenge contracts. Open bidding is the best way to go and when approvals are wanted, President-in-Council insists that the trail to due course of have to be adopted. The bidding course of have to be disclosed, firm administrators have to be listed and a due course of certificates should accompany the request for every approval.
Because money or cheque funds are now not in style, contractors receives a commission with out individual to individual interplay to scale back corruption. Using data know-how, the arrival of the “alert” tells the contractors that the their fee is on account. Each authorities fee of 5 million Naira and above have to be on public show within the GIFMIS (Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) that seeks to stem the tide of corruption.
President Buhari believes that the street to diminished corruption in Nigeria and elsewhere isn’t a simple one. One expertise he by no means forgets to discuss is that during which the counterrevolutionary components who threw him out of workplace as Military Head of State within the 80s locked him up in detention, let out all these he detained and returned to them in full the proceeds of their corruption. Now he says, I observe the due means of the legislation. Beyond that, we’ll public sale no matter we’ve got taken from the corrupt, use the cash to serve the individuals in order that there might be nothing to be returned when others succeed us after the completion of our time period.
As I write, Committees underneath the Ministry of Justice have been set as much as unload all seized property – plane, boats, automobiles, buildings, factories and so forth.
Beyond the unyielding willpower to steer by setting examples, President Buhari strongly believes that there have to be penalties for corruption. When authorities leaders or officers commit acts of corruption and there are not any penalties, those that come after them will have interaction in corruption with even higher vigar.
Our President is decided to maintain this lesson in place, and one of the simplest ways to displaying the seriousness of dedication is to steer by instance.