We need to re-establish the integrity of Nigeria- Buhari


Press statement from the Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja
stressed the urgent need to ensure that the
potentials of Nigeria are harnessed and used for the
good of the country. Receiving the President of the
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr
Bernard O. Aliyu at the State House, Abuja,
President Buhari declared: “Nigeria needs to work
on her potentials, so that we don’t remain
permanently at the level of potentials.
“If Ethiopia is sustained largely by her airline
industry, we have greater potentials here. But we
must move out, engage with the rest of the world,
as we need to re-establish the integrity of this
country. We need to rebuild this country again.” The
President recounted that for the greater part of the
last 16 years, oil sold above $100 per barrel but
expressed regret that the nation did n0t have much
to show for it. “In the First Republic, more enduring
infrastructure was built with meagre resources. But
in the past 16 years, we made a lot of money
without planning for the rainy day. “We showed a
lot of indiscipline in managing our economy, and
that is why we are where we are today. But this
time round, we’ll do our best.” Dr Aliyu, the
Nigerian-born ICAO president commended President
Buhari for strides on anti- corruption, and urged
Nigeria to pay more attention to development of
civil aviation. “Civil aviation is a catalyst for
economic development. The level of aviation
development in any country mirrors the economic
development of that country,” Dr Aliyu said. The
ICAO president pledged to support the development
of the aviation industry in Nigeria, urging the
country to improve on training and capacity
development, aviation security, aerodromes and air
navigation, runways, control towers, terminal
buildings, among others.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity)
April 4, 2016


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