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President Buhari tells Nigerians ‘Stop making expensive demands from me’

President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the Nigerian elite on Tuesday to stop making what he referred to as expensive demands from his administration because things would never be done in the old way again.

The president warned them to stop insisting that things should be done the old way which has left the country in its present condition.  

Buhari said this in a meeting with a group of Nigerians in the Diaspora, on the margins of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa in Dakar, Senegal.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said his administration was on the right track to develop the image of the country by establishing accountability and probity in governance.

Speaking with the 11-man Nigerian delegation of association leaders resident in Senegal and Cote D’ Ivoire,  Buhari said that the last 16 years of poor handling of the nation’s resources and infrastructure have continued to impact negatively on the country.

According to him,

“This administration is pleased we won the election, we are pleased Nigerians are cooperating with us. But the problems are so enormous that we need the cooperation of Nigerians, particularly the elite.

“They (elite) should reflect on the condition of the country, and stop making expensive demands because things cannot be done the old way.”

Assuring Nigerians on their welfare in the Diaspora, Buhari assured them that the Federal Government would continue to promote good neighbourliness and improve the negative perception about Nigerians abroad.

“Nigerians are known for their competitiveness and I am very passionate about Nigeria. I will continue to preach good neighbourliness and work hard to improve the numerous human and material resources in the country,” he said.

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