President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerian elite to stop making what he described as ‘expensive demands’ from his administration because things would no longer be done the way it used to be. He warned them to quit insisting that things should be done the old way which made the nation poor.
The President said this on Tuesday, December 6 during a meeting he had with a group of Nigerians in the Diaspora, on the sideline of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa in Dakar, Senegal.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Buhari said his government was on the right track to building a better image of the country by establishing so firmly the attitude of accountability and probity in governance that turning away from it will be difficult.
Speaking to the 11-man Nigerian delegation of association leaders living in Senegal and Cote D’ Ivoire, Buhari told them that the past 16 years of poor handling of the nation’s resources and infrastructure have continued to make a negative impact on the country.
“This administration is pleased we won the election, we are pleased Nigerians are cooperating with us. But the problems are so enormous that we need the cooperation of Nigerians, particularly the elite.
“They (elite) should reflect on the condition of the country, and stop making expensive demands because things cannot be done the old way.”
On the welfare of Nigerians in the Diaspora, Buhari gave an assurance that the Federal Government would keep on promoting good neighbourliness and improve the negative view about Nigerians abroad.
“Nigerians are known for their competitiveness and I am very passionate about Nigeria. I will continue to preach good neighbourliness and work hard to improve the numerous human and material resources in the country.”