The Presidency, through Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Media and Publicity, has said that the President hates looters of public funds, .
Adesina made this known in a statement titled: ‘PMB AND THE NDDC’, shared on his official Facebook page, on Thursday.
He was speaking on how President Buhari achieved the long-overdue audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
His exact words: “Well, it is meant to be an interventionist agency, but one thing is crystal clear. Despite hundreds of billions of naira invested over 20 years, the true intervention has been in the pockets of some select people, rather than on the region, and the lives of the people in general.
“There is one thing President Muhammadu Buhari hates with a passion. Grand larceny. Expropriation and purloining. Once it is confirmed that you are filching from the public purse, you can never be his friend, no matter who you are.
“So he had to bring to a halt the gravy train that the NDDC had become over the years. And no stampede, no rout or panic. The house cleaning must be done and done well. Thoroughly.
“In the Niger Delta, you see plenty of signboards, but little or no projects. In other words, people collect contracts, erect signboards announcing the project, but the job never gets done. And the contractors get paid.
“What to do? A forensic audit was necessary. Some powerful forces mounted robust resistance, but they did not reckon with the iron will of the President. The audit was done, and report submitted.”