Buhari: I’ll dismiss any corrupt minister

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would dismiss any member of his cabinet involved in corruption.
He said the details on his administration’s anti-corruption campaign would become clearer at the end of the first quarter of 2016.

The president was speaking Wednesday during his administration’s maiden media chat.
He said the government would work with the Ministry of Justice to ensure that the truth is known.

“I feel that Nigerians have to know the truth, and the truth in terms of what has been recovered; in terms of bank statement, where the money was sourced, where it was lodged, how much; whether it is money from NNPC or directly from central bank. When we do that, I feel Nigerians will feel better,” said Mr. Buhari.

Mr. Buhari said he had declared his assets four times, and that it was the duty of Ministry of Justice to furnish Nigerians with the details of his declarations.

“All the declarations are documented with the Ministry of Justice, so if the Ministry of Justice cannot disclose my declaration then they too should answer some question,” he said.

The president said he was not aware of any member of his cabinet facing corruption case.

“I don’t think I have picked anybody that I know will embarrass my government,” he said. “I know that consciously, I have not taken any body among the ministers who have got a case in court of corruption,” he noted.

He added that any cabinet member found wanting in his administration would be dismissed.


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  • Man_Enough

    From the abundance of the heart cometh words! I belive this president.

    • adeola

      I AM WAITING FOR THE PREMIUM TIMES TO SAY IN FUTURE THAT ANYONE IS CORRUPT.
      THAT IS WHEN I WILL KNOW WHAT TO SAY ON THEIR REFUSAL TO PUBLISH DISSENT HERE.

      • alu

        @Man_Enough:disqus

        I don’t mistake flashes in Nigerian media for brilliance or principle. Nigerian journalists are
        drawn from the same utterly corrupt society we’re talking about and they can’t rise above it
        of their own volition without a herdsman flogging them to the right path of straight thinking.

        • Gogome

          That’s it O, my brother, you just do your best, write and post it to them,
          if they like let them publish it, jeje, if they like, let them not publish it O, jeje.
          You have done your own part well .Good enough, there’s no statute of limitations

          on crimes. You just keep the facts. A less compromisable government will be set up

          in the land soon after this rot is cleared. The same facts the journalists reject will then

          become the head cornerstone of a new and honest country.

  • xxsurection

    EDITOR SIR,

    Excuse me, there’s a responsibility question arising here. Why do you publish this story at all?
    Just to drive it down the throat of all Nigerians that Buhari’s self-declaration must be accepted without question?
    Is that the reason, because you refuse to publish a contrary views of those who point out Buhari’s corrupt Ministers.
    If that is the new journalism you practise in that country, as lies-enforcers of the government, Nigeria is sunk for sure.
    And you can’t call what you are doing journalism. It is not. I find it impossible to believe the 180 million Nigerians concur.
    If you wish to do image-laundering for Buhari, why not pretend to some credibility? This is outrageous and unethical.

    • Timothy

      Please stop ranting and tell the public which of his ministers are currently facing corruption charges in court. A lawyer would tell you the courts are not father christmas and therefore even if there was any wrong doing by any person or group of person, some one has to charge them to court or hand tem over to the police and the let the police now charge them court for the offense. If you are so quick to point out that one of his minister s are corrupt, please point to that person, and if possible you can institute a court order against that person, if not dont expect premiumtimes to help you do that.

      • Femi Majekodunmi

        @disqus_mI7EKRGTND:disqus

        So in Nigeria, after you’re pulverized like fools to dig your holes for your water,
        buy machines for your own private electricity, hire guards for your private security,
        you now make a case for those who grounded you into this animal kingdom and say
        it is alright that you, as individuals, must also chase after corrupt people by yourselves,
        after paying taxes to the government to maintain a national Police Force for crimes?
        Wow! What’s left then to complete the definition that Nigeria is a FAILED STATE?

  • TrueNja

    Mr. President, how can you justify Fashola’s ministerial appointment? A sitting governor using N78 million Lagos state government money to build his private website. Is that not a corruption? Fashola is a stain in your government and it is the reason why most Nigerians are not interested or taking you serious about your anti corruption campaign due to your sacred cow syndrome.