Full Excerpts : Buhari on CNN interview with Christine Amanpour.
Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said that no corrupt member of his party,
the All Progressives Congress (APC), or associates will go scot-free in
his anti-graft war.
critics have, however, expressed doubts over his anti-corruption
crusade, alleging that he is surrounded by corrupt associates who are
President Muhammadu Buhari and Secreatry of state, John Kerry in Washington DC on July 21st 2015
President Buhari said, yesterday, that no corrupt member of his party
will escape justice. He spoke in a nine-minute CNN interview with
if he would sanction the guilty ones if they were members of his party
or associates, he said: “I just have to. There is not going to be any
party member or personality that can escape justice.”
the interview, Buhari restated his promise to secure the release of the
Chibok schoolgirls, who have spent more than 460 days in captivity even
if it means negotiating with leaders of the Boko Haram sect.
President said he would deliver on his campaign promises, adding that
12 weeks is too early to judge whether or not he has performed.
He also promised to invite President Barack Obama of the United States of America to Nigeria.
The interview ran thus: You
have asked the United States to help you in the fight against Boko
Haram, what exactly did you ask in this regard and what answer did
President Obama give you?
United States is the one leading the G7 and they promised to do
whatever they can to help Nigeria, so we have brought our requirements
to them in terms of equipment, training and intelligence gathering for
Nigeria to be able to fight Boko Haram.
Nigeria is experiencing falling economy, especially falling oil prices. How are you going to deal with that?
people want security in the country to be stabilized both in the
South-South region where militants are still sabotaging oil
installations, kidnapping our people and demanding ransom, and in the
North-East of the country where Boko Haram is still active. This is the
main pre-occupation of Nigeria now and it seems nothing will work until
Nigeria is secured.
your vow that you will fight Boko Haram, over 400 people have been
killed since you became President. Added to that, the Amnesty
International said your military has totally lost the confidence of the
people because of the systematic human rights abuses in killing of some
8,000 people. How do you expect your military to be able to go against
Boko Haram and also gain the trust of the people?
have just mentioned that under Chad Basin Commission, we have agreed to
hold a multinational joint task force. So, whatever happened before
that decision was taken will help to allow further investigation to
verify the question of human rights abuse. I am sure we must admit the
decision taken by the Federal Government of Nigeria in changing the
Are you going to trade those girls in that regard?
have to be very careful about the credibility of various Boko Haram
leaderships coming up claiming that they can deliver. We have to be very
careful indeed and that is why we are taking our time because we want
to bring them back safe to their families and schools.
Nigeria Pres. backs talks for girls if Boko Haram 'can deliver'
are you in principle against or will you consider exchanging the Boko
Haram members for the Chibok girls, if you can verify the credibility of
those leaders of Boko Haram?
cannot be against it. I told you that our main objective is how to
secure the Chibok girls and bring them back to their schools and
rehabilitate them to go back to their normal life. If we are convinced
that the leadership that presented itself can deliver those girls, we
will be ready to negotiate with what they want.
came on the platform that you will do better than the previous
government. You said you will fight corruption, insecurity and economy
among others. There have been hundreds killed since you took over, how
can you do any better?
have said I can be held to my promises for the next three years plus I
have ahead of me. I think its too early for anybody to pass judgement on
my campaign promises.
of your campaign promises is to stamp out corruption. If the guilty
ones are members of your party or your own associates, will you crack on
I just have to. There is not going to be any party member or personality that can escape justice.
Are you disappointed that President Obama is yet to visit Nigeria?
I would not say I am disappointed but how I wish he will change his mind and come to Nigeria.
Did you ask him when you met with him and did he say he would?
I asked him and I will send him a formal invitation.
former dictator of Chad is being tried in Senegal. Do you support that
process of trying an accused African leader in Africa than the
International Criminal Court?
he is tried in Africa or elsewhere in the world, the important thing
is: let justice be done. Whatever evidence the prosecution have in
Senegal, I think they should proceed to make available to the world and
prosecute him according to the international laws on human rights.