Buhari to Nigerian workers: I pity your family if you short-change the treasury

President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday , said it was a national disgrace that most states of the federation couldn’t pay salaries of their workers. The President said this while addressing State House staff, who gathered at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to formally welcome him back from his vacation in London.

Buhari said: “All fraud must stop. If they don’t believe us, they should try and see those we caught red handed with public funds. This exercise will continue as long as this leadership is here.

“Whoever takes anything that does not belong to him or that he is not entitled to, it will be documented and the person will be taken to court. This is the only way I think we can bail ourselves out. I am asking you to dedicate yourselves more to your country because I said more than 30 years ago, that there is no other country but Nigeria.” The president said he was determined to rehabilitate the country for the sake of “our children and our grandchildren.”

He said: “I have never in my life, from class monitor to this place, twice in different forms, believed in corruption. In what we are doing, if we had made mistakes along the lines, the country would have been further backward than this.

“But we don’t touch anybody who did not touch public funds. You should behave yourself. If you don’t have houses in Abuja and the whole of Europe, you will sleep soundly. You and your family will earn respect. But if you shortchange the treasury, you will be caught and I pity your family because people will be abusing them. People will be calling you big thieves that how did you raise money to build all the houses in Abuja and Europe with your meagre salary.

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