CAN leaders meet Buhari, demand changes; release of Leah Sharibu, others
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by its President, Reverend (Dr,) Samson Ayokunle met with President Muhammadu Buhari in State House, Abuja, on Friday and tabled the following demands:
Buhari should ensure that the security agencies remain non-partisan as the nation heads to 2019 elections.
The president should restore peace to troubled spots in Northern parts of the country especially in the Garshish District of Plateau State.
The President should institute a judicial panel of enquiry to look into the killings in the North Central particularly the murder of retired Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali and the Royal Highness of the Adara Kingdom in Kaduna, Dr Maiwada Galadima.
President Buhari should ensure that Nigeria does not go back into recession; urgently resolve the issue of minimum wage and to task the security agencies to ensure the release of Miss Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls still in captivity.
President Buhari on his part said his vision and objectives for Nigeria are very clear and he is on course to achieving them.
President Buhari stated that he had been doing his best to fulfil his electoral promises of securing the country, fighting corruption and resuscitating the economy.
According to him, fighting corruption takes longer time especially with the need to adhere to the rule of law.
He said: “It is on record that some cases initiated by the anti-graft bodies since 2003 are yet to be concluded.
“We will, however, not be discouraged. Where monies have been recovered, such monies will not find their way back to the looters as I have directed the EFCC to account for every money it has recovered and put them in a dedicated account.’’
Responding to the request of CAN for an overhaul of the intelligence gathering system, President Buhari said the “burden of intelligence gathering involves everyone especially district heads , traditional rulers, opinion leaders and religious leaders that are very close to the grassroots.’’
He added that bandits who were operating in various communities live among the people and enjoined leaders of thought in various communities to avail security agencies of information about the criminals.
President Buhari also told the visitors that he had assurances from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that the 2019 elections would be free and fair as he had been victim of fraudulent elections and beneficiary of free and fair election in the past.
“When I decided to put on this Agbada to see what the people are seeing in it, I tried three times, 2003, 2007 and 2011, but the fourth time, in 2015, I succeeded.
“We thank God and technology in the form of permanent voters card and card reader, because what they used to do was to look at constituencies, award the votes and then they will say whoever didn’t agree should go to court.
“When people are looking for what to eat, where do they have the money to go to court to pay the SANs?,’’ he said.
On the issue of herders killing farmers, President Buhari told the visitors that government was working towards finding a lasting solution to it.
The CAN delegation had lauded the President for his efforts in fighting corruption, the initiatives to stem the tide of unemployment and the various efforts aimed at revamping the economy.
They also commended the administration’s efforts toward the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and the implementation of the Bank Verification Number and the Treasury Single Account.