Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –
Despite the falling rate of the Naira against major foreign currencies – US Dollars, British Pounds Sterling and Euros, which has prompted recent clamour for devaluation, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not yet convinced on the need to devalue the Naira.
Buhari told the nation during his maiden media chat on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 that: “I will not support devaluation of the Naira.
“I need to be convinced that there is need for the country to devalue the Naira. Is it against the dollar or pound?
“We have our priorities, to provide money to fund the projects we have already outlined, and not for those who want hard currency to import textile and toothpick.
“Personally, I don’t support the devaluation of the Naira. We handed over a secured country in 1979, but by 1984, nobody knew how much Nigeria was owing.
On the fight against corruption, President Buhari promised to prosecute any member of his cabinet who is corrupt.
“By the end of the first quarter of next year, we will tell Nigerians how far we have gone on the fight against corruption.
“I swore by the Holy Koran to defend the country’s constitution and the law. So, we will not put any body above the law.
“I cannot make the mistake of appointing anyone with corruption.
“Whoever is found to be corrupt would not only be sacked but prosecuted.”
Reacting to a question on the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect in April, 2014, are yet to be released, Buhari said:
“We are still keeping our option.
“If a credible leadership of Boko Haram is ready for negotiation without any condition we are ready to listen to them.
“We are looking for a credible intelligence that will convince us that the girls are alive.
“That is the honest truth. No credible information.”
He said he was in touch with his counterparts in Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic but yet, no credible intelligence report on the whereabouts of the girls.
The interview panelists were Channels TV’s Kayode Akintemi (Anchor), Ngozi Anyaegbulam, Media World International; Munir Dan Ali, Daily Trust; and Ibanga Isine, Premium Times.
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