President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday asked Nigerian elite to stop
making what he called expensive demands from his administration because
things would no longer be done in the old way.
He warned them to stop insisting that things should be done the old way which impoverished the nation.
The President spoke during a meeting he had with a group of Nigerians in
the Diaspora, on the margins of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on
Peace and Security in Africa in Dakar, Senegal.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and
Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said his administration was on the
right track to improve the image of the country by entrenching
accountability and probity in governance.
He told the 11-man Nigerian delegation of association leaders resident
in Senegal and Cote D’ Ivoire, that the last 16 years of poor handling
of the nation’s resources and infrastructure have continued to impact
negatively on the country.
The President, “This administration is pleased we won the election, we
are pleased Nigerians are cooperating with us. But the problems are so
enormous that we need the cooperation of Nigerians, particularly the
“They (elite) should reflect on the condition of the country, and stop
making expensive demands because things cannot be done the old way.”
On the welfare of Nigerians in the Diaspora, Buhari assured them that
the Federal Government would continue to promote good neighbourliness
and improve the negative perception about Nigerians abroad.
“Nigerians are known for their competitiveness and I am very passionate
about Nigeria. I will continue to preach good neighbourliness and work
hard to improve the numerous human and material resources in the
country,” he said.