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President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to deal decisively with the thieves who siphon the country’s oil by the barrels in the delta.
Speaking Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, the President declared that the Nigerian Armed Forces had already dealt “deadly blows” on Boko Haram and said a similar measure will be unleashed regarding the activities of oil thieves and vandals, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday.
“The oil thieves and abductors are a less problematic target. We will re-organise and deal with them,” the President was quoted as saying.
The President also warned telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria not to place their desire for huge profits above the security needs of the country.
Buhari also said the registration of all mobile phone users without exception will help the security agencies to pre-empt terrorist attacks. He said telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria must adhere to the rules and guidelines of the Nigerian Communications Commission in this regard.
President Buhari assured Nigerians at the session that his administration’s war against corruption will continue to be vigorously pursued.
The president pledged that more persons who have abused the public trust will be exposed and brought to justice soon, adding that his government was committed to re-establishing former standards of accountability and probity in the management of public funds which were jettisoned under past administrations.
?The president appealed for more patience and understanding from Nigerians as his administration takes steps to safeguard the economy from the shock of falling oil prices.
Shehu quotes the President as saying that Nigerians can look to a brighter future under him, with or without oil.
“In the face of our new economic reality of dwindling oil prices, there are a number of things we can really do without oil to preserve our economy.
“We must develop the capacity to feed ourselves and we should be spending our resources on real development projects, not luxuries,” he said.
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