President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned the country’s leaders against adopting the ‘old way’ of doing things to move the nation forward.
The President spoke yesterday in Dakar, Senegal, at a meeting with a group of Nigerians in the Diaspora, at the third Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.
He urged the elite to “reflect on the condition of the country and stop making expensive demands because things could not be done in the old ways.”
He said his government was on the right track of improving the image of the country by entrenching accountability and probity in governance.
Buhari told the delegations of Nigerians in Senegal and Cote D’ Ivoire that the poor handling of the nation’s resources in the last 16 years was impacting negatively on the country.
“This administration is pleased that we won the election and the people are cooperating with us. But the problems are so enormous that we need the cooperation of all Nigerians, particularly the elites,” he said.
On the welfare of Nigerians in the Diaspora, he promised to collaborate to improve on the negative image associated with them.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu: “Nigerians are known for their competitiveness and the president would continue to work hard to improve the numerous human and material resources in the country.”
The leaders of the Nigerian community in Cote D’ Ivoire, Adebayo Yahaya and his counterpart in Senegal, Mr. Osas Edigin, commended Buhari on his anti-corruption fight.