The presidency has disclosed that the elite in Nigeria are eager to see President Muhammadu Buhari leave office.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, January 19, by the Presidency spokesman, Garba Shehu, who noted that the elites prefer the embezzlement of public funds.
Shehu noted that politicians were missing the easy export of ill-gotten money to foreign bank accounts.
He said, “Many of the political elites of this country cannot wait for the President’s second term in office to end. The last thing they want is ‘another Buhari’.”
The Presidency aide said whether his successor lives up to the standards Buhari has set or not; his legacy is strong and will be tough to dismantle.
Shehu hailed the Nigerian leader for the repatriation of stolen funds; as using the same to fund social, unemployment and welfare programmes.
He mentioned government reforms, tackling ethnic and tribal disputes; such as the farmer-herder clashes, and the protection of millions through vaccination.
Shehu identified Buhari’s biggest achievement as a puncture of the belief: that Presidents of Nigeria use the office to enrich themselves.
The statement said the “wicked spell is broken for good”; though politicians in some quarters remain offended.
“They have witnessed how, when the state owes to them nothing, it provides for the people”, it added.
Meanwhile, the Senate has assured that it will look into the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill that President Muhammadu Buhari last year refused to assent to it after the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the bill.
This was contained in a welcome address issued by the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday, January 18.
Lawan said, “the Senate postponed discussions on the consideration of the response of Mr President; on the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill to enable us consult with our counter parts; in the House of Representatives and also consult with our Constituents. Like we all know, the Senate and indeed the National Assembly worked so hard on the Bill. Having consulted, the Senate will expeditiously look into the issue.”