President-Elect Buhari, in an interview, had explained how he plans to deal with corruption, issue of insecurity and managing the Nigerian economy.
He said that “all those that were governors, ministers, permanent secretaries, head of foreign staff and all those with political appointments will have to declare their assets on the assumption of their appointments and definitely with the courts. And once they leave, they have to re-declare their assets.” He said this would ensure greater accountability among public servants.
The former military head of state, however, stated that he has no plan to interfere in the judiciary and its activities pursuing corrupt officials. He insisted that his government would be focused on its primary duty of governing while the judiciary would freely uphold the law.
Buhari also said that partisan politics in Nigeria is the cause of inequitability in the oil sector, claiming that he would professionalise the oil sector. According to his words, “Proliferation of oil fields to people who don’t even know what it is, is one of the messes partisan politics has brought”, promising to pay more attention to mining and agriculture development in tackling the issue of wealth and job creation for youth, as allegedly stated in the APC manifesto.
When pressed on rumors that former president Obasanjo was exercising inordinate influence on Buhari’s administration he said, “I think that people have to accept the realities of Nigeria’s political development. General Olusegun Obasanjo is the only living Nigerian that led Nigeria for more than 11 years, so for anybody to think that General Obasanjo is irrelevant or he was trying to push his influence over issues, I think is being uncharitable and not being fair to Nigeria’s political development.”
President-Elect Buhari, now confronted with the challenge of appointing a ministerial and cabinet team, has warned PDP defectors to wake up from the dream of ever getting a portfolio.