Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria has vowed to jail more of those who brought the nation into its present economic situation.
The President said this on Saturday at the Aso Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
“We are going to jail more of the thieves, you know, that brought the economic problem to the country. I think this is really expected of me and I will do it,” he said.
President Buhari made the vow in an interview shortly after he returned to the country from his 10-day vacation in London.
The remarks were part of the Federal Government’s anti-corruption drive and in line with the resolve to fight the menace of corruption to the barest minimum in the country.
President Buhari also reacted to the defection of some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He advised the defected members and other political leaders across the country to allow the people to perform their civic responsibility of electing whoever they want as their leader.
The President also stressed the need for more awareness campaign to enlighten the citizens ahead of the general elections in 2019.
“Let people choose what party they want to belong to, but let them make sure that they have empowered their constituencies by educating them (Voters Registration) and making sure that they’ve got their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and that they use their right as Nigerians to vote whoever they like.”
“This is the beauty of democracy, this is what I am hoping to see,” President Buhari added.
The President, who left the country for the United Kingdom on August 3, was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and other top government officials.
They include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, among others.
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, and the service chiefs were also on the ground to welcome the President.