Despite a wave of uncertainty as to the nature of the proposed probes will take, as well as displeasure of a section of the populace that the probes of former ministers already looks selective, President Buhari has offered fresh assurances.
At a meeting with the former Head of State, General Abdsulami Abubakar, who led the National Peace Committee, President Buhari reiterated his commitment to ensuring that the investigations will be thorough and anyone found to have looted will be tried.
According to the President’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President assured his guests that “Those who have stolen the national wealth will be in court in a matter of weeks and Nigerians will know those who have short-changed them,”
Buhari also reportedly added, “We have really degenerated as a country. Our national institutions, including the military, which did wonderfully on foreign missions in the past, have been compromised. But we are doing something about it. The military is now retraining and morale has been resuscitated.
“As Petroleum Minister under Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo in the 1970s, I could not travel abroad until I had taken a memo to the Federal Executive Council asking for estacode. Now, everybody does what he wants.
“That is why security-wise and economically, we’re in trouble.”