President Muhammadu Buhari says there will be no sacred cows in his effort to purge the country of corruption even if it means dealing with members of his own political party, the All Progressives Congress.
This was part of his comments during an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.
“It is not the issue of party members. If you have stolen, no party member can escape justice,” he said.
The president urged Nigerians to be ready to judge him in line with his campaign promises after three years. Dismissing the insinuation that he was moving at snail speed, President Buhari was convinced that it was a bit too early to judge his performance in government after less than two months in office.
President Buhari sounded a little hopeful about the rescue of the missing school girls from Chibok but clearly said his government will not jump into any negotiation with any one on behalf of the terrorist group Boko Haram unless it is very sure of the genuineness of the persons place in the group.
“We have to be careful about the credibility of various Boko Haram groups calling for talks with the government. We need to be careful that we are talking to the right group” President Buhari said.
According to him, the federal government will not hesitate to negotiate with such group that it is sure that can deliver the girls.
“If we are convinced we can have the girls back, why not? We can negotiate. Our goal is to have the girls back. We will ask them what they want, and we can free the girls; return them to their school; unite them with their parents and rehabilitate them, so, they can live a normal life,” he said.
The interview is part of the President’s four-day working visit to the US which began on Sunday.