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Read Buhari’s article posted on Washington post today, affirms Ministers will be appointed in September

Ahead of his visit to President Obama today,
President Buhari wrote an article for
the Washington Post titled ‘Nigeria committed to
good governance and fighting terror” where he
datiled what he has done so far and what he
plans to do towards the fight against Boko
Haram and corruption. He also affirmed that his
Ministers will be appointed in September. Full
text of the op-ed after the cut…
This month, the world moved a step closer to the
defeat of Boko Haram, the jihadist group that
has terrorized hundreds of thousands in the
northern states of Nigeria. In one of my first acts
since taking office as president six weeks ago, I
have replaced the heads of Nigeria’s army, navy
and air force. Our new military leadership has
not been chosen because of their familiarity with
those in government, as was too often the case
in the past, but on their track records and
qualifications alone.
These new military leaders will be based in
Borno State in northern Nigeria, where the
headquarters of the armed services has been
relocated. This shift of resources and command
directly to the front line, in addition to the
replacement of the head of the State Security
Service, Nigeria’s intelligence organization, and a
new emphasis on working in partnership with our
neighbors, has equipped us to take the fight
directly to Boko Haram.
Already we are beginning to see a degrading of
Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force. In
recent weeks, it appears to have shifted away
from confronting the military directly to an
increase in attacks on civilian areas, as we saw
only last week when an elderly woman and 10-
year-old girl blew themselves up at a Muslim
prayer gathering in northeastern Nigeria. We
should not be confused by this change, hateful
as it is: It does not mean that Boko Haram is
succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is
losing.
While we work to defeat the terrorists, I ask the
people of Nigeria and the world for resolve and
fortitude. The campaign we will wage will not be
easy; it may not be swift. We should expect
stages of success and also moments when it
may appear that our advances have been
checked. But no one should have any doubt as to
the strength of our collective will or my
commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring
back peace and normalcy to all affected areas.
Similarly, my determination should not be
underestimated in other matters. This includes
instilling good governance and tackling the
scourge of corruption that has held Nigeria back
for too long.
As I meet with President Obama today — the
first time a president of the United States will
encounter a Nigerian counterpart following the
peaceful transfer of power in a contested
election in our history — I will be discussing my
plans for critical reforms. So, too, will I discuss
why the formation of my administration is taking
time and, crucially, why it must. Already there
are voices saying these changes are taking too
long — even though only six weeks have passed
since my inauguration. I hear such calls, but this
task cannot and should not be rushed.
When cabinet ministers are appointed in
September, it will be some months after I took
the oath of office. It is worth noting that Obama
himself did not have his full Cabinet in place for
several months after first taking office; the
United States did not cease to function in the
interim. In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be
prudent nor serve the interests of sound
government to have made these appointments
immediately on my elevation to the presidency;
instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of
conduct and good governance in place.
I cannot stress how important it is to ensure that
this process is carried out correctly, just as it
has been crucial to first install the correct
leadership of the military and security services
before we fully take the fight to Boko Haram.
There are too few examples in the history of
Nigeria since independence where it can be said
that good management and governance were
instituted at a national level. This lack of a
governance framework has allowed many of
those in charge, devoid of any real checks and
balances, to plunder. The fact that I now seek
Obama’s assistance in locating and returning $
150 billion in funds stolen in the past decade and
held in foreign bank accounts on behalf of
former, corrupt officials is testament to how
badly Nigeria has been run. This way of
conducting our affairs cannot continue.
Indeed, the failure of governance, it can be
argued, has been as much a factor in Nigeria’s
inability thus far to defeat Boko Haram as have
been issues with the military campaign itself.
So the path we must take is simple, even if it is
not easy: First, instill rules and good governance;
second, install officials who are experienced and
capable of managing state agencies and
ministries; and third, seek to recover funds
stolen under previous regimes so that this money
can be invested in Nigeria for the benefit of all
of our citizens.
We seek the support and partnership of the
United States in these tasks. The importance of
the fight against terrorism and corruption in
Nigeria, Africa’s most powerful economy and
largest populace, cannot be underestimated. Our
allies can provide much-needed military training
and intelligence as our soldiers take the war
effort to Boko Haram. Similarly, we look to U.S.
businesses as well as the Obama administration
to help develop governance initiatives that can
ensure that Nigeria’s wealth benefits all its
people, not just a few. By taking these steps, we
will be positioned to benefit from increased
investment — particularly in energy and
electricity — from the United States.
I was elected on a platform of change. I know
this is what the people of Nigeria desire more
than anything else. I know they are impatient for
action. I realize the world waits to see evidence
that my administration will be different from all
those that came before. Yet reforming my
country after so many years of abuse cannot be
achieved overnight. In our campaigns against
both Boko Haram and corruption, we should
remain steadfast and remember, as it is said:
“Have patience. All things become difficult
before they become easy.”

Source: Vanguard

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