President Muhammadu Buhari, has called on all Businessmen, Contractors, and other privileged Nigerians in the country, not to give kickbacks to Public Officials under his watch, Page 36 learnt.
President Buhari who visited the Emir of Daura, Umar Faruk Umar, at his Palace, in Katsina State, said: “I do not want your cheque. Go and assist our communities”, instead of trying to return kickbacks to Public Officers, including his Office.
He added: “We do not want cheques from anyone or organisation, as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities.”
The President noted that he would love to visit Daura more frequently, but for the high cost of Presidential movements, and exposing Security Personnel to the weather, assuring that his heart remains with the people.
“We are known for farming, and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks, and no one can stop me. But the cost to the movement is high. I would rather that it be used to better our Schools, Clinics, and Hospitals.”
The President said that the grace of God has kept Nigeria together as a country, in spite of the differences that led to a 30-month Civil War
“We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into political crisis. We had a 30 month Civil War that resulted in the loss of about a million lives.
“We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress. May God continue to bless them.”
The President who recalled fond memories of visiting the Palace as a Military Head of State, expressed happiness that the warmth and hospitality of the traditional institution has been sustained over the years.
In his remarks, the Emir of Daura thanked the President for always creating time to visit his hometown and the Palace, despite his tight schedule.
His words: “Your visit to Daura reflects your good character which we are very proud of. I can assure you that men, women, children, marketers, and artisans, are always pleased to receive you, and they will be praying for you.
“Today is not for speeches, but for appreciation. We have been blessed so much as a community, because you are the Leader of the country. You have brought honour to our domain.
”As a community, we have benefited a lot with increased traffic of people and organisations coming to help us here. We know it is because of you.
“May the good Lord always go before you and behind you, and remove all obstacles from your path.
“Nigeria is lucky to have you at this time. I am not saying it to please you, but if you had not been in power, it would have been very difficult. I doubt if we will be here today.”