By: Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he would not relent in his war against corruption and the corrupt persons who looted or intend to do so in the country.
The President reiterated this declaration on Thursday in Bauchi, while commissioning five hundred tractors and other farming tools provided by Governor Mohammed Abdullahi at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.
President Buhari, who said most of the looters in the country have more than twenty to thirty houses, decried that some people in country cannot afford even a single room to sleep in.
According to him, “these looters have subjected the masses to abject poverty as a result of their inhuman actions.”
President Buhari, who was received in Bauchi at the stadium in the state capital said he would re-contest for the second term and that he is optimistic of winning again because, “Nigerians trusted and believed in him.”
Adding that, "I don't have this type of mindset of looting the treasury of Nigeria, while the people are suffering. I will fish out looters and cheaters of this country while all the funds recovered from them would be remitted into the nation's coffers.”
President Buhari, who further called on parents to send their children to school to acquire western education, said life would not be good without education.
"Assuming I did not go to school I would not be the President of Nigeria today. You should go to school because it is good to acquire the knowledge for the future and you should not also wait for government to do everything for you. Farmers are the richest people in the country now and that is the main focus of our government, to strengthen the Agricultural sector". He said.
The President applauded Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar for using his bail out funds to clear salary arrears and the maintenance of regular payments of salaries in the state.
Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, in his welcoming remarks, said that the main aim of procuring five hundred tractors for the farmers was to boost rice and maize production in the state.
The Governor said, "Before, Nigerians used to go outside the country to buy rice, but with this farm implements, farmers in the state will no longer suffer setback and Nigerians will no longer go outside the country to import rice".
Governor Abubakar said that all the farm implements which includes, ox plough, power feller, tractors, grinding machines, water pump machines, mini pick up van, fertilizer, plastic fish pond, motorcycles and tricycles would be sold to farmers at a subsidized rate.
"Unemployed youth in the state would be employed and trained on how to handle some of the machines' minor repairs, monitoring and safe guarding the machines.”