Meeting with American Secretary of State, John Kerry, Wednesday, on the margins of conference on climate change, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, President Buhari, according to a statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), said that corrupt people had accumulated a formidable arsenal of illicit wealth, which they were now deploying against the government on diverse fronts.
“But it is a war we are determined to win, and which we will win,” President Buhari said. “People of goodwill are behind us, countries like America and many others are with us, and we will surely win.”
The President also updated Secretary Kerry on the war against insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria, efforts being made to tackle humanitarian problems caused by the insurgency, informing that a presidential committee had been launched “under Gen T.Y Danjuma, a man of high integrity.”
On the unrest in the Niger Delta area, which manifests in the sabotage of critical oil and power installations, President Buhari said the engagement process was proceeding apace, adding that it was rather difficult bringing the main protagonists of the insurgency under one umbrella.
The President said Nigeria was happy with American support on different fronts, assuring that the economic challenges facing the country were being “frontally tackled, and we will overcome them soon.”
Secretary Kerry expressed delight at the many successes of the Buhari administration, pledging continued U.S support in the bid to overcome security, humanitarian, political, and economic challenges.
As the Barrack Obama administration exits next January, Kerry said he would love to continue engaging with Nigeria, even in a private capacity. He described President Buhari as a strong international partner in the battle against violent extremism.
The President, who also met with the President of African Development Bank (AfDB) Mr Akinwunmi Adesina at the sidelines of COP 22 in Marakkech Morocco, commiserated with the Government and people of Lagos State on the passing, Wednesday of former Minister of National Planning, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi.
The President, in a statement by Femi Adesina, also extended condolences to all family members, friends and professional colleagues of the late acclaimed economist, eminent industrialist, playwright and promoter of arts and culture. He urges them to be consoled by the fact that Chief Gbadamosi’s contributions in these diverse fields of life would be appreciated for a long time.
President Buhari also believes that the nation will remain ever grateful for the meritorious and exemplary roles Chief Gbadamosi played not only as a minister, but also as a former chairman of the Bank of Industry (BoI) and the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).
“There is no doubting the fact that the economic development of Nigeria was always uppermost in his mind,” the President reminisced about the ex-development expert as he prayed that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest, and comfort his family.