Buhari clears NNPC of shady deals


buhariAll the way from New York, President Muhammadu Bu­hari cleared the Nigerian National Petroleum Corpo­ration (NNPC) of corruption and shady deals.

He also said that the prosecution of those who misappropriated NNPC’s revenue under past adminis­trations will soon commence.

He said this at a meeting with President Xi Jinping of China on the sidelines of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, in New York.

President Buhari said the first step in the sanitisation process was in appointing a new management for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsequent reorganisa­tion.

He thanked President Jin­ping for China’s ongoing help in curbing crude oil theft from Nigeria, and also ap­plauded China’s interception of shiploads of crude oil sto­len from Nigeria, which were to be sold and proceeds paid into private accounts.

“We know your stand on corruption, and we are grate­ful. Your continued coopera­tion in curbing oil theft from Nigeria will be appreciated,” he said.

He also assured President Xi Jinping that under his leadership, the Nigerian mili­tary had been re-trained and re-equipped, and was now making steady gains against Boko Haram.

In his remarks, Presi­dent Jinping told Buhari that China, which is al­ready involved in Nigeria in diverse areas like railway, airports, agriculture, and in the Mambilla Hydro-power project, among others, will increase its investment in the country’s agricultural sector to support the achievement of domestic food security.

He also promised further Chinese investment in Ni­geria’s oil and gas industry, and more support for human capital development in the country.

Meanwhile, President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, Chief Austin Amaechi has called on Buhari not to spare past regimes if his anti- cor­ruption war must succeed.

He made this known at the palace of Sa Gbagyi 1, Dr. Danjuma Barde, during the confirmation of Oguefi Fred­rick Awagu as the Wakili Igbo of Gbagyi Chiefdom in Kaduna State. -The Sun

 


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