- President Muhammadu Buhari received the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, William Stuart Symington, on Thursday, December 1
- The president used the opportunity to make some revelations and also explained why the fight against terrorism has been successful
President Muhammadu Buhari has again described the level of corruption that had taken over Nigeria's government at the time he took over in 2015.
The president spoke when he receiving the letter of credence of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Stuart Symington, at the State House, Abuja on Thursday, December 1.
Buhari said he took over a country riddled with monumental corruption adding that it was now very difficult to salvage the country because of the actions of previous administrations.
He said even at that, his government would strive to meet the key priorities of securing the country, fighting corruption, and salvaging the economy in spite of current challenges.
He said terrorism in the north-east has reduced drastically because of support in training of the military and supply of hardware after the G-7 meeting in Germany in 2015.
Tribune reports him as saying: “When I was invited to the G-7 meeting after my inauguration on May 29, 2015, I thought I was going to be an observer at the meeting, but without prompting, I was asked to brief the leaders on the security situation in Nigeria and I did.
"Since then, we have received support in training and military hardware, and I hope we have not disappointed.”
Buhari said he is focused on reversing the culture of corruption in the country and that this had received support from Nigerians as many have realised the depth of the damage done by some previous administrations.
“The corruption we met at personal and institutional levels was unbelievable. Corruption was turning into a culture. After we came in, people started realizing the truth.
“Nigeria will either kill corruption or corruption will kill Nigeria in the long run,” the president said.
The report quoted the president as noting that the years of mishandling of the economy at a period of financial prosperity affected the economy, thus resulting in difficulties to create employment for the youths and improve the livelihood of many Nigerians.
“It has not been easy for another party to come in and get things done properly especially with the new economic reality of $37 per barrel of oil, against the $100 for the period, and there was no savings, no infrastructure on ground,” he said.
The US ambassador, in his remark, said the interest in the well-being of Nigeria was of mutual benefit adding: “We do it not only for Nigeria, but for ourselves. We did it because it was right for us and right for our people.”
While promising to work hard to further strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and his country, he assured that the president-elect of the US, Donald Trump would also be interested in the well-being of Nigeria.