President Muhammadu Buhari last night fired a warning shot to those trying to deter his administration from its anti-corruption war, saying they will suffer dire consequences if they do not desist.
The president gave the warning when he hosted some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), taxi drivers, hair dressers, motorcycle riders, barbers, butchers, tailors, and junior workers of the campaign office of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the breaking of Ramadan fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking in English and Hausa, Buhari said: “We’re committed to tackling corruption in this country, but whoever tries to deter us from fighting corruption will suffer the consequences. It’s unfortunate that the elite are self-centered and they only think about themselves”.
The president noted there was very little to show for the huge income realized from sales of oil in the 16 years the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power.
Noting that they mismanaged what accrued to the country, President Buhari berated the past administrations for failing to fix power, rail, and provide potable drinking water for the populace, among others.
The president, who assured the group that his administration was conscious of the expectations of Nigerians, pointed out that prices of oil in the international market fell from above $100 to $30 per barrel, which has adversely affected the economy.
“I assure you that the leadership of this country is conscious of you. I’m being told that more has to be done.
“Our intentions are good and honourable but I have to remind you of what we inherited from the previous administration.
“Be mindful that we care about you on daily basis. We will try to improve health services so you will spend less time looking for medical care.
“Tell your family that this government is concerned about your welfare and will work very hard to improve it”.
The highlight of the evening was when President Buhari took time to personally serve some of the physically-challenged Nigerians the type of food they wanted to eat.
Delivering the vote of thanks on behalf of others, an IDP, Musbahu Lawal Didi, praised President Buhari for having the interest of disabled persons at heart.
Didi, who is physically challenged, urged the president to alleviate the sufferings of IDPs in the various camps across the country just as he called for the setting up of a Commission for the disabled so that their interest can be further taken care of.
At the dinner were the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal.
The Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate represented Senate President Bukola Saraki, who is Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj.