Corruption War President Muhammadu Buhari has said no one can authoritatively link him to any fraud in connection with contractual awards in the pas
President Muhammadu Buhari has said no one can authoritatively link him to any fraud in connection with contractual awards in the past three years of his administration.
In a reference to his honesty and integrity, he also noted that he could not see himself being placed behind bars for corruption.
The president made the remarks while addressing a delegation of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria who paid him a courtesy call at the State House, Abuja, on Monday.
“I am satisfied with what I am. I am happy I have kept myself and people close to me from benefiting from government contracts,” he told the delegation.
Making further remarks, he said: “I did not award contracts and did not care about who got them so long as they did a good job at a cost that is justifiable to the nation.
“I have been in many places, including (Ministry of) Petroleum. I would have gone to jail if I had taken an oil well.
“For integrity and honesty, I have no regrets. By this, I have contributed to my social safety. I won’t go to jail.”
The president said beyond several criticisms which his administration had suffered, his critics could not accuse him of stealing.
“You cannot accuse me of stealing,” he said, adding, “I have appointed ministers and they are in charge.
“I appeal to their integrity. When they come here (Federal Executive Council) Chambers, we ensure they follow the due process.
“If I owned an oil well, I would have gone to jail.”
President Buhari also responded to a number of issues raised by the delegation, including complaints that Muslims had been marginalised in appointments to government institutions such as the military and the civil service.
He said this illustrated how difficult his job had been because he faced the same criticism from adherents of other faiths. “I am in a difficult situation,” he admitted.
On the burning issue of violent conflicts in some parts of the country, President Buhari said he was putting in his best.
He said following his dissatisfaction with the performance of the police in Zamfara State, he ordered a massive transfer of officers and men who had stayed three years and above in the troubled state.
He appealed to religious leaders to instruct their followers on the importance of possessing their own voter cards which he described as a “national entitlement,” and to preach justice to all, which was an instituted pillar of Islam.
Buhari, who revealed that he had received a “stiff bill” from the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for the restoration of the dilapidated infrastructure and facilities of Federal Government-owned radio stations in all states of the federation, promised that something would be done.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Vice-President, Sheikh Hadiyyatullahi Abdulrashid commended President Buhari for accomplishing much of what he promised before his election.
He likened him to the captain of a capsizing ship and the messiah needed by the country.
Sheikh Abdulrashid also spoke about the alleged marginalisation of Muslims, violent conflicts between farmers and herders, the problems of drug abuse among youths and the fate of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Kaduna, among other issue.