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Buhari restates commitment to fight terrorism, graft, revive economy


President Muhammadu Buhari. PHOTO: LUCY LADIDI ELUKPO.

President Muhammadu Buhari. PHOTO: LUCY LADIDI ELUKPO.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the priority of his administration remains tackling insecurity all over the country, fighting corruption and reviving the economy.

Receiving a letter of credence of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. William Stuart Symington at the State House yesterday, Buhari said the security situation in the North East had improved significantly following support in the areas of training of the military and supply of hardware after the G-7 meeting in Germany in 2015.

The president said the target of reversing the ‘’culture of corruption’’ in the country had received support from Nigerians, with many realising the depth of damage done by some previous administrations from the ongoing investigations and prosecutions.

Buhari told the U. S. ambassador that his administration was still determined to continue investigations and prosecution of corrupt persons in the country as ‘’Nigeria will either kill corruption or corruption will kill Nigeria in the long run.’’‎

He maintained that the years of mishandling of the economy at a period of financial prosperity affected the economy and was making it more challenging to create employment for the youths and improve the livelihood of many Nigerians.

In his remarks, the U.S. ambassador said the interest in the well being of Nigeria was of mutual benefit.‘’We do it not only for Nigeria, but also for ourselves. We did it because it was right for us and right for our people,’’ he said.

Symington said he would work hard to further strengthen the relationship between his country and Nigeria, assuring that President-elect Donald Trump would also be interested in the wellbeing of Nigeria.

President Buhari also received a letter of credence from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Moha Ouali Tagma, assuring him of Nigeria’s willingness to improve bilateral relations between the countries.

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