To successfully rescue the abducted chibok girls, the government needs credible information on their exact location and the cooperation of the relevant persons, President Muhammadu has said.
He spoke while meeting with the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon at the Presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
Relaying what transpired at the closed door meeting between him and the president with State House correspondents, Gowon said that president Buhari was committed to finding the abducted girls.
He also commended the government on its anti-corruption war, saying that corruption had held the country down for many years.
“We discussed the general affairs of the country, the problems of the country, his fight against corruption, and all the efforts that he is making to deal with it and of course, the impatience of the public to see results of the fight which have yet to be found, since people have not been prosecuted yet, that would soon begin.
“These are some of the issues we talked about. One appreciates his efforts and determination to rid the country of corruption, which is one of the problems that have held the country down and has created serious set backs to the country both nationally and internationally and then, of course, the current situation about the Chibok girls and the efforts the government is making to rescue them. He said the government needed to get credible information about the whereabout of the girls and also those that would assist the government achieve that.
“I believe that the government is certainly determined to ensure that a number of these girls are brought back home safely as soon as possible. To achieve that, certain credibility must be established of our sources on information on their location, but as at now, no one knows where these girls are, and all this information that you have been getting, I don’t know their sources, but all efforts at engaging the international media and sources are necessary so that this matter can be resolved once and for all”, he said.
Speaking on the economy, Gowon pleaded with with Nigerians to be patient with the government.
He noted that the crisis in the Niger Delta has affected the oil production, but hoped that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.
He said: “Again we talked generally on the country and efforts the government is making to give the people what they want to see that then have money, but please remember we used to sell petroleum at $ 150 per barrel, but what is it today? It’s merely around $ 30 per barrel and the amount of crude oil they we used to produce over 2 million now it has gone down to about one million because of the problem we have been having when people have been blowing pipelines in the Niger Delta area.
“So we have problem and there isn’t enough money to be able to go round. So very soon, with the efforts the government is making to get things back to normal, making contacts with the Avengers and other aggrieved militants in the Niger Delta’ who are creating havoc there, we hope that all will be well soon.”
On his mission, the former head of state said he was at the villa to brief the president about his trips abroad.
“I have come to see the President, to say hello to him. I haven’t seen him for quite sometime. This time, I have come to see him to pay my respect to him and to let him know that I’m going out of the country on vacation and my Programme for Nigeria Prays in the UK and the USA towards the end of this month, and early next month. So I have come to let him know that I would be out of the country, in case he wants me, he knows that I’m out and he is going to pay my way back, if he wants me back for any programmes”, Gowon said