By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Bauchi reiterated his intention to recontest for a second term in office come 2019 general elections.
“Electioneering campaigns is approaching and I have earlier told Nigerians that I will recontest election for the office of the president, so I’m still on that position and there is no going back”, he said.
The President during a one day official visit to the state, said that he thanked God for giving him the opportunity to once again lead the country, and he has no grudge with any Nigerian whatsoever.
Buhari recalled that he was at one-time the governor of the defunct North Eastern State, now comprising of six states, and thereafter served as Minister of Petroleum for three consecutive years and three months.
“It was when I’m the Head of State after the ouster of Shagari civilian administration that I arrested a number of corrupt politicians who siphoned public funds, and up till today I will not standby any public officer who will steal public funds”.
“Let me reassure Nigerians that any public officer who amassed public funds or properties will be made to cop it out and the property sold for the proceeds to be remitted into government’s treasury for the benefit of generality of citizens”.
“I was head of state when they overthrew my government and arrested me, they gave back to looters the public properties we confiscated from them, and that pending judgment will be adjudicated by God in the hereafter”, Buhari took a swipe of his botched military government.
The President noted that Nigeria is endowed with material resources that could be harnessed to develop and promote education, healthcare, ensure security, and boost agriculture to ensure food security of the nation.
He wondered how some few corrupt Nigerians amassed wealth to the detriment of the majority, saying “It is ridiculous for one to own 30 houses only to be sleeping in one, and equally in one of the rooms of the said house.
The President commended Governor Mohammed Abubakar for his government’s agricultural revolution and the public-private partnership agreement that led to the provision of loanable 500 agricultural tractors to farmers and cooperative bodies in the state.
He recalled that the federal government’s agricultural programme has in the past two cropping seasons raised the economic status of farmers who used the farming proceeds to pay for holy pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
Buhari also commended Governor Abubakar for his determination and commitment to the course of state’s civil servants by not owing them salary backlog, as well as paying them salary as at when due.
Governor Mohammed Abubakar has in a welcome address hailed the Buhari agricultural programme particularly the banning of rice importation into the country that conserves the nation’s foreign earnings.
Abubakar explained that his administration’s agricultural programme is not only to boost agricultural production, but also provide gainful employment to the teeming unemployed youths in the state for self-reliance.
The governor similarly commended the school feeding programme of the Buhari-led administration which, he noted, is the first of its kind in the African continent.
The President has during the visit commissioned some road projects in the state capital, and a referral hospital constructed and fully equipped with modern facilities by the Nigerian Air Force at its Bauchi Special Operation Command Base.