President Muhammadu Buhari on
Monday said he knew the appropriate
ways to deal with those opposing his
ongoing anti-corruption war.
He said anybody who attempted to
deter his administration from fighting
corruption would suffer the
Buhari, who spoke in English and
Hausa languages handed down the
warning during the breaking of
Ramadan fast, Iftar, he organised for
some categories of people inside the
Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President regretted that the elite
were self-centred and were only
thinking about themselves.
“Whoever deter us from fighting
corruption will suffer the
consequences. It is unfortunate that
the elite are self-centred and they only
think about themselves.
“Be assured that we care about you at
all times. This government is
concerned about your welfare and we
will work hard to improve it,” Buhari
told his guests that included the
physically challenged, the Internally
Displaced Persons, taxi drivers,
commercial motorcycle riders,
artisans such as butchers, hairdressers,
barbers, tailors, members of the
Buhari Support Organisation,
President’s neighbours in Lobito
Crescent, and junior workers in the
headquarters of the All Progressives
The President said his government was
conscious of the disadvantaged
members of the public.
An IDP, Musbau Diti, who spoke on
behalf of others, urged the President to
do more to alleviate the sufferings of
people in the different IDP camps
across the country.
He also urged Buhari to set up a
commission for persons with
The dinner was preceded by a prayer
session which Buhari attended with his
guests before they broke their fast.
The President personally served some
of the physically challenged persons
before he returned to his seat to break
Buhari was joined at the dinner by
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Speaker
of the House of Representatives,
Yakubu Dogara; Secretary to the
Government of the Federation,
Babachir Lawal; the Minister of the
Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed
Bello, and some presidential aides as
well as top government officials
Embattled President of the Senate,
Bukola Saraki, was absent at the event.
Saraki is said to have travelled to
Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj.
He was however represented by the
Senate’s Deputy Chief Whip, Senator