Among the several issues facing Nigeria, Corruption is top on the list. During a meeting with Nigerians who live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Muhammadu Buhari said the ongoing fight against corruption in Nigeria would be minimal if the Nigerian Judiciary are ready to give their full fledged support in tackling it.
According to the report by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Mr. Buhari is concerned about the far-reaching reforms of the judiciary which is a key priority for his administration. Mr President in his speech said . . .
On the fight against corruption vis-à-vis the judiciary, Nigerians will be right to say that is my main headache for now. If you reflect on what I went through for twelve years when I wanted to be the president, I attempted three times. At the fourth attempt, through God and the use of technology, it was possible for Nigerians to elect an APC candidate as president.
In my first attempt in 2003, I ended up at the Supreme Court and for 13 months I was in court. The second attempt in 2007, I was in court close to 20 months, and in 2011, my third attempt, I was also in court for nine months. All these cases went up to the Supreme Court until the fourth time in 2015, when God agreed that I will be President of Nigeria,.
Mr president gave words of assurance to the Nigerian community in Ethiopia, saying he would continue to do his possible best to improve the nation’s Judicial administrative system, with the support of the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Mr Buhari also spoke on urban development and infrastructure, announcing that the Federal Government had ordered a review of several railway transport projects signed by the previous administration with the Chinese government.
The Chinese government was very generous to Nigeria on the projects signed with the previous government because they agreed to pay 85 per cent of the project. But, the Nigerian government was unable to meet up with its counterpart funding of 15 per cent, so the Chinese government was unable to make any impact on the project.
The president also said he had directed the Ministers of Transportation, Finance, and Power, Works and Housing, to revisit the agreements and explore ways of re-approaching the Chinese government for assistance. He added that the Chinese government had indicated interest to assist Nigeria on project financing through its Export-Import Bank.
Regarding the proposed N6.07 trillion 2016 budget before the National Assembly, the president said that for the first time in Nigeria, the budget would be largely financed from non-oil revenue. He identified the collapse of the international oil market and oil theft in the Niger Delta as main reasons for projecting more revenues to fund the budget from the non-oil sector.
He said that oil theft by some Nigerians who felt they own the oil is really annoying and frowned at by people who actively participated in the civil war for 30 months that took the lives of not less than two million Nigerians. Mr President went ahead to say how the proposed budget is targeted on increasing efficiency and transparency in government operations and the blocking of leakages from revenue generating agencies. He concluded by saying the recovered asset of the country would also be used to reduce the budget deficit.
Nigeria has faced enough headaches in recent years, therefore, all sectors, including the Judiciary, should be on deck to help Mr president achieve his mission to restore the country through evident transformation.