The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), had on Friday, 7th of May, 2021, complained that some individuals were “mercilessly” against Nigeria.
This was revealed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. He said that Buhari spoke during the sixth regular meeting with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council led by Prof Doyin Salami at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Femi Adesina, in the statement which was titled ‘We’ll develop our irrigation facilities more, President Buhari assures,’ quoted the PEAC by noting that the security challenges had great repercussions on the economy.
He revealed that the President urged the leadership at every level to go back to the basics, noting that a bottom-up approach was necessary from ward through local council and state to the federal level.
He quoted the President as saying, “Some people are mercilessly against this country. We closed the borders to control the smuggling of petroleum products, and check the influx of smuggled goods, arms and ammunition.
“That was when the Comptroller General of Customs called me, saying 40 tankers laden with petrol had been impounded. I told him to sell the fuel, sell the trucks, and put the money in the treasury. They still brought arms and ammunition into the country, brought in rice in vehicles and motorcycles.
“I said shoot anyone found illegally with AK-47 (rifles), yet they haven’t stopped. People must show consideration for their own country.”
The presidential spokesman said that President Buhari was promising that the Federal Government would put more effort into greater development of irrigation facilities in the country and encourage more people to go into agriculture.